Restoring Liberty http://joemiller.us Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:30:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Border Patrol Agents Beg for Public’s Help, Afraid of Obama’s Order for Millions of Blank Work Permits http://joemiller.us/2014/10/border-patrol-agents-beg-publics-help-afraid-obamas-order-millions-blank-work-permits/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/border-patrol-agents-beg-publics-help-afraid-obamas-order-millions-blank-work-permits/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:30:31 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=102322 As the individuals who screen the millions of applications for entry into the U.S., it is our job to ensure that terrorists, diseases, criminals, public charges, and other undesirable groups are kept out of the United States. Unfortunately, we have been blocked in our efforts to accomplish this mission and denied the professional resources, mission support, and authorities we urgently need by the very same government that employs our skill sets.

Border Patrol Agents Beg for Public’s Help, Afraid of Obama’s Order for Millions of Blank Work Permits

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By Joe Saunders.

Already furious after a summer that saw American Border Patrol agents turned into a “babysitting service for tens of thousands of illegal aliens crossing the border with the administration’s blessing, the immigration officers’ union lashed out Monday against a “unilateral amnesty” widely suspected of being planned at the White House for after the midterm elections.

In a news release, Kenneth Palinkas, president of the National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council, appealed for the public’s help in stopping yet another overreach by President Obama aimed at evading the country’s immigration laws.

“If you care about your immigration security and your neighborhood security, you must act now to ensure that Congress stops this unilateral amnesty. Let your voice be heard and spread the word to your neighbors,” Palinkas said in a statement.

“We who serve in our nation’s immigration agencies are pleading for your help – don’t let this happen. Express your concern to your Senators and Congressmen before it is too late.”

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Photo Credit: AP

La Raza Promotes Guide On Where People Can Vote Without An ID

By Patrick Howley.

The pro-amnesty Hispanic activist organization the National Council of La Raza helpfully promoted a Washington Post article explaining which states people can vote in without having to use a photo ID.

“Voter ID laws are at-issue across the country, with newly Republican-controlled legislatures having passed them in numerous states after the 2010 election,” explained The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake. “Most states still request some form of ID, but don’t require it. Another 20 states don’t require identification. In case you’re wondering where your state is at in all of this, a helpful (sic) graphic from the Post’s graphics team.”

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Obama on Early Voting: “You Can Only Vote Once; This Isn’t Chicago”

By Real Clear Politics.

At a Tuesday evening campaign event for Mary Burke, Democratic nominee for governor of Wisconsin, President Barack Obama encouraged voters to participate in early voting.

“One week, Wisconsin. One week. One week from today you get to choose a new governor. And because early voting runs through this Friday, you don’t have to wait until election day,” Obama told the crowd in Milwaukee.

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Kerry: Extremism Exploits a ‘Beautiful Religion’ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/kerry-extremism-exploits-beautiful-religion/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/kerry-extremism-exploits-beautiful-religion/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:29:02 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=102388 The response to Islamist extremism, which “exploits a legitimate and beautiful religion,” must include offering alternatives to young people who lack opportunities and “feel oppressed,” Secretary of State John Kerry said.

Kerry: Extremism Exploits a ‘Beautiful Religion’

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The response to Islamist extremism, which “exploits a legitimate and beautiful religion,” must include offering alternatives to young people who lack opportunities and “feel oppressed,” Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday.

“The challenge of our generation is going to be to deal with religious radical extremism, which exploits a legitimate and beautiful religion that is being totally distorted, has nothing to do with what they purport to be pursuing, and nevertheless captures the minds of some of our young people – even in America,” Kerry told staff at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa.

He noted that more than 100 Americans have traveled to the region to fight with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL), while more had done so from European countries, Australia and elsewhere.

“And so we have to push back. We’re not going to win this exclusively through our efforts on the ground in this coalition with kinetic efforts,” he said, referring to the U.S.-led coalition’s military operations against the jihadist group. “We’re going to win this with ideas.”

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US Envoy: To Defeat ISIS, We Must Highlight ‘Our Profound Respect’ for Islam

A global effort to counter claims by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) that it is acting in the name of Islam must include a counter-narrative that highlights “our profound respect” for the religion, the administration’s point man in the anti-ISIS coalition said this week.

Retired Marine Corps Gen. John Allen was speaking in Kuwait, where representatives of more than a dozen Islamic and Western met to discuss using public communications to combat ISIS (also known as Da’esh – an acronym for the Arabic rendering of the group’s name, ad-Dawlah al-Islamiyah fil-Iraq wa ash-Sham).

“As we seek to expose Da’esh’s true nature,” Allen told the gathering on Monday, “we must also tell a positive story, one that highlights our respect – our profound respect for Islam’s proud traditions, its rich history, and celebration of scholarship and family and community.”

“We must work with clerics and scholars and teachers and parents to tell the story of how we celebrate Islam, even as we show that Da’esh perverts it.”

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Armored Vehicle Helps Collect Civil Judgment in Small Town http://joemiller.us/2014/10/armored-vehicle-helps-collect-civil-judgment-small-town/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/armored-vehicle-helps-collect-civil-judgment-small-town/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:28:23 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=102362 When officials in the tiny Town of Stettin in Marathon County went to collect a civil judgment from 75-year-old Roger Hoeppner this month, they sent 24 armed officers.

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Photo Credit: Ryan Lister

When officials in the tiny Town of Stettin in Marathon County went to collect a civil judgment from 75-year-old Roger Hoeppner this month, they sent 24 armed officers.

And an armored military vehicle.

Among other issues, the recent unrest in Ferguson, Mo., focused attention on the growing militarization of local law enforcement, particularly the use by even very small police departments of surplus armored military vehicles.

Marathon County sheriff’s officials aren’t apologizing for their tactics. Sheriff’s Capt. Greg Bean said officials expected to have to seize and remove tractors and wooden pallets to pay the judgment — hence the cadre of deputies. He also said what while Hoeppner was never considered dangerous, he was known to be argumentative.

Hoeppner said when he noticed deputies outside his house, he called his attorney, Ryan Lister of Wausau. Lister said he quickly left for Hoeppner’s house but was stopped by a roadblock that was kept up until after his client had been taken away in handcuffs. “Rather than provide Mr. Hoeppner or his counsel notice…and attempt to collect without spending thousands of taxpayer dollars on the military-style maneuvers, the town unilaterally decided to enforce its civil judgment” with a show of force, Lister said.

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WATCH: Crazy Pro-Abortion Ad Warns of a Condom Shortage if Pro-Life Candidate Wins http://joemiller.us/2014/10/watch-crazy-pro-abortion-ad-warns-condom-shortage-pro-life-candidate-wins/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/watch-crazy-pro-abortion-ad-warns-condom-shortage-pro-life-candidate-wins/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:27:58 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=102305 The pro-abortion group NARAL has released a new ad that takes the cake when it comes to the phony war on women tactics the pro-abortion side has launched against the pro-life Senate candidate Cory Gardner in Colorado.

WATCH: Crazy Pro-Abortion Ad Warns of a Condom Shortage if Pro-Life Candidate Wins

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Photo Credit: Life News

The pro-abortion group NARAL has released a new ad that takes the cake when it comes to the phony war on women tactics the pro-abortion side has launched against the pro-life Senate candidate Cory Gardner in Colorado. The ad is quickly becoming the laughingstock of Twitter as more people hear it and realize NARAL has completely jumped the shark.

The ad suggests that if Colorado voters elect Gardner (right), there will be a condom shortage. NARAL and its Colorado affiliate launched radio, television and digital ads telling viewers that, “if Cory Gardner gets his way, you better stock up on condoms.”

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Top Democrat: Pro-Life Republicans Scarier Than Ebola and ISIS

The chairman of the Democratic National Committee is no stranger to making over the top comments attacking pro-life Republicans. Now, she’s taken those scary statements to the next level by making a claim that Republicans are scarier than either the Ebola virus or ISIS, the terrorist group that is taking over large portions of the Middle East.

Here is what Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in claiming Republicans are more frightening than the Islamic State and Ebola. She made the comments in an interview with CNN as she went after pro-life candidate Cory Gardner, who is running for Senate in Colorado.

“So we’ve heard this in previous elections, too extreme, too extreme their tea party, we can’t work with them. So, it seems that the Democrats’ overall message is yes, ISIS is scary. Yes, Ebola is scary, but Republicans are a lot scarier,” Ms. Crowley said of the Democratic campaign.

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Netanyahu Responds to U.S.: I Am Under Attack for Defending Israel http://joemiller.us/2014/10/netanyahu-responds-u-s-attack-defending-israel/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/netanyahu-responds-u-s-attack-defending-israel/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:26:08 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=102383 Hours after U.S. official quoted calling Netanyahu 'chickensh*t', PM says alliance between Israel and U.S. is still strong despite arguments.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that he was under attack by “anonymous” critics simply because he was defending Israel and its national security interests, but stressed that he “cherished” Israel’s alliance with the United States despite the arguments.

Speaking to Knesset hours after a senior U.S. official was quoted calling him a “chickenshit prime minister,” Netanyahu told Knesset: “When there are pressures on Israel to concede its security, the easiest thing to do is to concede. You get a round of applause, ceremonies on grassy knolls, and then come the missiles and the tunnels.”

“I am not prepared to make concessions that will endanger our state,” Netanyahu said. “Understand, our national interests, topped by security and the unity of Jerusalem, are not what top the interests of those anonymous forces attacking us, and me personally. I am under attack simply because I am defending the State of Israel. If I didn’t stand firm on our national interests, I would not be under attack.”

“I respect and cherish the deep connection with the United States,” Netanyahu said. “Since the establishment of the state, we’ve had our arguments and then some. We have seen time after time, year and year, support rising among the American public. The strategic alliance between the stances is continuing and will continue.”

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Dad Banned From School After Complaints About Daughter’s Islam Homework http://joemiller.us/2014/10/dad-banned-school-complaints-daughters-islam-homework/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/dad-banned-school-complaints-daughters-islam-homework/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:25:44 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=102348 The Wood family will be taking their complaints to state legislators and the Maryland Department of Education.

Dad Banned From School After Complaints About Daughter’s Islam Homework

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A Maryland father and former Marine finds himself under a no-trespass order for asking that his daughter be excused from Islam homework in her world history class.

Kevin Wood, the eight year Marine veteran, was upset because he did not want his high-school junior daughter to participate in instruction on Islam.

He called La Plata High School in Maryland, hoping to get his daughter excused.

Wood spoke first to an administrative assistant and then to Vice Principal Shannon Morris.

A school-district spokeswoman, Katie O’Malley Simpson, claimed that Wood threatened to cause problems at the school in his conversation with Morris.

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Grayson’s Wife, Kids Now On Government Assistance http://joemiller.us/2014/10/graysons-wife-kids-now-government-assistance/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/graysons-wife-kids-now-government-assistance/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:24:50 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=102403 Barely a week after being named the 17th richest member of Congress, liberal firebrand and Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson is refusing to support his estranged wife and their kids, and his wife has turned to government food stamps to support her family.

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Barely a week after being named the 17th richest member of Congress, liberal firebrand and Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson is refusing to support his estranged wife and their kids, and his wife has turned to government food stamps to support her family, WFTV 9 Orlando reports.

Grayson’s marriage of 29 years dissolved earlier this year when his wife, Lolita Grayson, filed for divorce. A week later, Rep. Grayson asked a court to annul the marriage on the basis of bigamy.

Mr. Grayson is refusing to support his family because he is claiming that she was never divorced from her first husband and therefore their marriage was never legitimate.

Mrs. Grayson told WFTV 9 Orlando she never thought she would be on food stamps or have her kids on the school lunch, because her husband was “the sole provider,” she said. “I don’t have any money at all. He’s been holding all our money for years and years.”

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After-Birth Abortions: College Students Increasingly Support Infanticide (+video) http://joemiller.us/2014/10/birth-abortions-college-students-increasingly-support-infanticide/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/birth-abortions-college-students-increasingly-support-infanticide/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:23:27 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=102315 Abortion proponents like to paint pro-lifers as extremists who go to great lengths to take away the rights of women. However, many of these abortion activists have views that are legitimately extreme and quite frankly, horrifying.

After-Birth Abortions: College Students Increasingly Support Infanticide (+video)

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Photo Credit: LifeNews

Abortion proponents like to paint pro-lifers as extremists who go to great lengths to take away the rights of women. However, many of these abortion activists have views that are legitimately extreme and quite frankly, horrifying. Take, for example, the position that abortion should be legal in cases where the parents conceive a girl but they wanted a boy. Some activists would say women should have the right to an abortion because they shouldn’t be forced to have a child they don’t want.

But, unfortunately, supporting sex-selection abortion isn’t the worst of their extremist views; there are “pro-choicers” who support killing babies after their born. And according to Thomas Aquinas student, Mairead Mcardle, more college students are supporting post-birth abortion.

She writes in The College Fix, “Anecdotal evidence by leaders of pro-life groups such as Created Equal and Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust said in interviews that not only do they see more college students willing to say they support post-birth abortion, but some students even suggest children up to 4 or 5-years-old can also be killed, because they are not yet “self aware.”

She cites the testimony of Mark Harrington, the director of Created Equal. Harrington said, “We encounter people who think it is morally acceptable to kill babies after birth on a regular basis at almost every campus we visit. While this viewpoint is still seen as shocking by most people, it is becoming increasingly popular.”

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Islamic School Teacher Accused of ‘Horrific’ Sexual Abuse Against Teen Girls — and School’s Alleged Response Has Sparked a Lawsuit http://joemiller.us/2014/10/islamic-school-teacher-accused-horrific-sexual-abuse-teen-girls-schools-alleged-response-sparked-lawsuit/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/islamic-school-teacher-accused-horrific-sexual-abuse-teen-girls-schools-alleged-response-sparked-lawsuit/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:22:10 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=102325 ‘There was significant sexual abuse, intercourse and other inappropriate behavior such that one of the students had to have substantial surgical repair of that (private) area. It’s horrific.'

Islamic School Teacher Accused of ‘Horrific’ Sexual Abuse Against Teen Girls — and School’s Alleged Response Has Sparked a Lawsuit

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Police are currently searching for a Muslim man suspected of sexually abusing teen girls while working as a teacher at Nur-Ul-Islam Academy in Cooper City, Florida. The victims, now adults, have filed a civil lawsuit against the school over its alleged response to the reports of sexual abuse.

Sgt. Carlos Corretjer, of the Pembroke Pines Police Department, told the Sun Sentinel that an investigation is ongoing into the disturbing allegations against Tariq Ahmad, 35. So far, officers have been unable to locate him.

Ahmad is accused of forcing two teen girls, who were aged 14 and 15 at the time, into sexual relationships.

The Daily Mail has more on the extent of the alleged sexual abuse:

Attorney Scott Mager said: ‘There was significant sexual abuse, intercourse and other inappropriate behaviour such that one of the students had to have substantial surgical repair of that (private) area. It’s horrific.’

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Democrats Accused Of Posing As Republican Election Judges In Colorado http://joemiller.us/2014/10/democrats-accused-posing-republican-election-judges-colorado/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/democrats-accused-posing-republican-election-judges-colorado/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:21:00 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=102395 The Colorado secretary of state is investigating allegations that some Boulder County Republican election judges are actually Democrats in disguise.

Democrats Accused Of Posing As Republican Election Judges In Colorado

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The Colorado secretary of state is investigating allegations that some Boulder County Republican election judges are actually Democrats in disguise.

Boulder County GOP Chairwoman Ellyn Hilliard initially raised the alarm when visiting polling locations where she didn’t recognize some of the GOP judges who are tasked with comparing voter signatures on mail ballots to protect against vote fraud.

She became alarmed when she noticed some ballots whose signatures clearly didn’t match those on file for the voter being accepted.

Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert began investigating and confirmed to the Daily Camera that she found “some troubling inconsistencies with some election judges.”

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GOP Senate Candidate Called ‘Uncle Tom’ at Hillary/Hagan Rally in N.C. http://joemiller.us/2014/10/gop-senate-candidate-called-uncle-tom-hillaryhagan-rally-n-c/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/gop-senate-candidate-called-uncle-tom-hillaryhagan-rally-n-c/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:20:07 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=102329 "We need to send Uncle Tom -- Tillis, that is -- home," she told the crowd to cheers and applause.

GOP Senate Candidate Called ‘Uncle Tom’ at Hillary/Hagan Rally in N.C.

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Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis was called “Uncle Tom” at a recent Senator Kay Hagan rally in North Carolina. Hillary Clinton was also on hand to help rally Democrats in support of Hagan–and the possible presidential candidate specifically praised the speaker who made the questionable comments.

The remarks were from Alma Adams, who is running for Congress from North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District. Here’s audio:

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92% of Marine Casualties in Afghan War Occurred Under Obama http://joemiller.us/2014/10/92-marine-casualties-afghan-war-occurred-obama/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/92-marine-casualties-afghan-war-occurred-obama/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:19:55 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=102398 As U.S. Marines withdraw from Operation Enduring Freedom (the Afghanistan war), CNSNews.com's database on casualties shows that 418 Marines gave their lives in the conflict and that 92% of those casualties, 385 deaths, occurred since President Barack Obama took office in 2009.

92% of Marine Casualties in Afghan War Occurred Under Obama

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As U.S. Marines withdraw from Operation Enduring Freedom (the Afghanistan war), CNSNews.com’s database on casualties shows that 418 Marines gave their lives in the conflict and that 92% of those casualties, 385 deaths, occurred since President Barack Obama took office in 2009.

“U.S. Marines and service members from the United Kingdom left Regional Command Southwest in Afghanistan’s Helmand province today, turning their facilities over to the Afghan security forces,” reported the Department of Defense on Oct. 27.

“We lift off confident in the Afghans’ ability to secure the region,” said Army Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson, commander of the ISAF Joint Command. “The mission has been complex, difficult and dangerous. Everyone has made tremendous sacrifices, but those sacrifices have not been in vain.”

In the more than 12 years that have passed since U.S. troops first entered Afghanistan with the aim of removing al Qaeda from its sanctuary there, 2,226 U.S. service personnel have given their lives in and around Afghanistan in support of U.S. military activities in that country. Among those, 418 soldiers, or 18.8 percent of those service personnel were U.S. Marines.

From January 20, 2009 to the end of 2009, 68 Marines died in Operation Enduring Freedom. The next year, 2010, accounted for most of the Marine casualties: 165 Marines lost their lives. In 2011, 78 Marines died; in 2012, 58 Marines died; in 2013 8 Marines died and another 8 in 2014.

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Mom Beheaded by Son Was Beloved Professor http://joemiller.us/2014/10/mom-beheaded-son-beloved-professor/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/mom-beheaded-son-beloved-professor/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:18:57 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=102338 The woman who was beheaded Tuesday night at her Long Island apartment complex was a beloved professor at Farmingdale State College who was killed by her psychologically disturbed son, police sources said on Wednesday.

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The woman who was beheaded Tuesday night at her Long Island apartment complex was a beloved professor at Farmingdale State College who was killed by her psychologically disturbed son, police sources said on Wednesday.

Patricia Ward, 66 — a 28-year veteran faculty member who taught language arts at the college — was decapitated by Derek Ward, 35, who lived with her, police sources said.

Derek Ward , who has a criminal record including gun charges, allegedly hacked her head off with a knife and kicked it across the street before throwing himself in front of a LIRR train, said Detective Lieutenant John Azzata of Nassau homicide.

“Mr. Ward has a psychiatric history dating back approximately 10 years. It exacerbated itself within the last year … It just seemed to be he was acting out,” Azzata said.

A knife believed to be the murder weapon was recovered at the scene, Azzata said.

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Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson: ‘Elect Godly Men, for Crying Out Loud’ (+video) http://joemiller.us/2014/10/duck-dynastys-phil-robertson-elect-godly-men-crying-loud/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/duck-dynastys-phil-robertson-elect-godly-men-crying-loud/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:17:19 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=102367 The patriarch of the famous and influential Duck Dynasty empire is urging voters “to elect Godly men for crying out loud, or we are going to get more of the same.”

Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson: ‘Elect Godly Men, for Crying Out Loud’ (+video)

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The patriarch of the famous and influential Duck Dynasty empire is urging voters “to elect Godly men for crying out loud, or we are going to get more of the same.”

In a YouTube video cut for the evangelical group American Renewal Project, Phil Robertson urged voters in Louisiana, home to his family’s operation, to get to the polls: “Better move before it’s too late.”

Filmed in the woods and with Robertson in his trademark camo, the sometimes controversial businessman said, “We are in a republic. We are supposed to vote for the ones that run our country.”

He adds, “We need to elect Godly men for crying out loud, or we are going to get more of the same.”

Robertson concluded, “Just remember this. Vote Godly. We want Godly men making political decisions like George Washington, like John Adams, like Thomas Jefferson, like James Madison. We need Godly men like the ones who founded our country.”

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Obama on Ebola Fight: US Can’t Seal Itself Off http://joemiller.us/2014/10/obama-ebola-fight-us-cant-seal/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/obama-ebola-fight-us-cant-seal/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:16:00 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=102333 Pushing to confront Ebola at its West African source, President Barack Obama said Wednesday the United States was not immune to the disease but cautioned against discouraging American health care workers with restrictive measures that confine them

Obama on Ebola Fight: US Can’t Seal Itself Off

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By Jim Kuhnhenn.

Pushing to confront Ebola at its West African source, President Barack Obama said Wednesday the United States was not immune to the disease but cautioned against discouraging American health care workers with restrictive measures that confine them upon their return from the afflicted region. “We can’t hermetically seal ourselves off,” he declared.

Obama said doctors and nurses from the United States who have volunteered to fight Ebola in West Africa are American heroes who must be treated with dignity and respect.

His remarks came amid debate between the federal government and several states over how returning health care workers should be monitored. The White House has pushed back against overly restrictive measures, including proposals for travel bans or isolation measures adopted by some states.

“Yes, we are likely to see a possible case elsewhere outside of these countries, and that’s true whether or not we adopt a travel ban, whether or not you adopt a quarantine,” Obama said from the White House, surrounded by health care workers who have volunteered or will volunteer to serve in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea, where the disease has killed nearly 5,000.

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Photo Credit: Reuters / Mike Segar

Ebola doctor ‘lied’ about NYC travels

By Jamie Schram and Bruce Golding.

The city’s first Ebola patient initially lied to authorities about his travels around the city following his return from treating disease victims in Africa, law-enforcement sources said.

Dr. Craig Spencer at first told officials that he isolated himself in his Harlem apartment — and didn’t admit he rode the subways, dined out and went bowling until cops looked at his MetroCard the sources said.

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Obama on Ebola Fight: US Can’t Seal Itself Off

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A Decade of State Budgets http://joemiller.us/2014/10/decade-state-budgets/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/decade-state-budgets/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:15:48 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=102344 An old proverb says to “Redeem the Time”, letting us know how precious time is. If you examine the last decade of state budgets, you’ll see a real story of time and timing. In light of the current revenue situation, the future of our budgets is a matter of great concern.

A Decade of State Budgets

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An old proverb says to “Redeem the Time”, letting us know how precious time is. If you examine the last decade of state budgets, you’ll see a real story of time and timing. In light of the current revenue situation, the future of our budgets is a matter of great concern.

Governor Frank Murkowski’s term ended having almost doubled the state budget over four years, though with surpluses because of the rising price of oil. Governor Sarah Palin took over and with those good prices and the newly enacted punitive tax scheme of ACES had a large increase in her first year’s budget, but with the largest surplus ever. Oil prices then dropped, but her next two budgets maintained that spending level with small surpluses.

From a legislative perspective, the democrats had control of the Senate those three years, and the following three, through a democrat-led coalition. It’s said that in order to get anything done in a divided legislature, you have to spend your way past your differences. That’s exactly what happened, with the Senate becoming the bipartisan spending coalition and driving budgets to ever greater heights. Those three years (FY11-FY13) ended up $2.6 billion over FY 10 numbers, an increase greater than the FY04 general fund budget.

Sean Parnell had his first budget as governor that year the democrat-led coalition formed. He made record line-item vetoes of $336 million in FY11 and $412 million in FY12. In FY13, he cut another $66 million. At this point, oil revenues started to really decrease because of declining production.

Those six years of liberal dominance in the Senate, from FY08 to FY13, saw an increase of the day-to-day operating budget (no non-formula programs) from $1.531 billion to $2.246 billion, an increase of $715 million. The average spent in the capital budget was $1.147 billion.

In 2012, the citizens of Alaska pulled together and replaced the spending coalition, with the driving issue being the decline in oil production. The legislature passed oil tax reform, and the voters confirmed their prior vote this last August, upholding the More Alaska Production Act (MAPA). This reform didn’t have any effect on the FY14 and FY15 budgets, but was fortuitously timed since oil prices have just started dropping, and we’re bringing in a lot more money under the low price protection that MAPA gave us than we would have under ACES, to the tune of $150 million+.

The last two years since the spending coalition was replaced, the day-to-day operating budget increased a scant $27 million, most of which came from inherited labor contracts. The average of the capital budget for those two years was $839 million, and a large portion of that was to finish projects partially funded before and to address significant needs that have been ignored up until then, like the UAF Power Plant. The governor worked with the legislature to reduce state spending in FY14 from $8.0 to $7.1 billion, and again for FY15, reducing it to $5.9 billion (reference the Unrestricted General Fund Authorization to Spend, with Supplementals).

There are a few ongoing problems in the budget that will just have to be lived with; formula funding increases, and the debt service payment which went from $103 to $243 million per year due to voter approved bonding packages in 2008, 2010 and 2012. One issue that will start to go away is the $300 million per year we were paying for ACES tax credits. Also a large fix was done to the PERS/TERS unfunded liability, by paying down the principle by three billion dollars, thereby taking pressure off of the operating budget, with estimates being a savings of $400 to $600 million per year. This was critical since those payments had been looking to increase over the next five years to over $1 billion. Please note, that the FY15 budget didn’t include the usual payment for PERS/TERS because of that paydown.

Governor Parnell was in the legislature in the 90s when the oil prices dropped so low as to threaten the state, and was instrumental as co-chair of Senate finance then in getting the budget under control. He showed his foresight this last year, by turning down the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, which while initially paid for by the Federal government, would soon have the State paying a portion that would have put us in dire straits in the future. Recently, Governor Parnell publicly stated the following:

My pledge to Alaskans is that we will continue reducing the state budget so individual Alaskans’ liberty and economic opportunity can grow. I will remain the same steady, consistent governor Alaskans can count on.

I can see that the governor’s main opponent has gone back and forth on what he will actually do with the budget, with nothing specific except that he would accept the Medicaid increase and its consequences. So what’s a fiscal conservative to do? I’ll be voting to cut spending by voting for Sean Parnell, a consistent fiscal conservative.

Lance Roberts is an engineer, born and raised in Fairbanks. He is a member of the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly. The views expressed here are his own and do not represent the assembly or borough administration.

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Mother Wins Case to Kill Her Disabled Daughter http://joemiller.us/2014/10/mother-wins-case-kill-disabled-daughter/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/mother-wins-case-kill-disabled-daughter/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:14:30 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=102311 We don’t treat dogs this way. We don’t execute murderers in such a cruel manner. If a serial killer on death row was executed by forcing them to undergo starvation and dehydration, there would be widespread outrage.

Mother Wins Case to Kill Her Disabled Daughter

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Fitzmaurice, born blind with hydrocephalus, meningitis and septicaemia, could not walk, talk, eat or drink, the Mirror reported. Her health was so poor she required 24-hour care and was fed, watered and medicated by tube at London’s Great Ormand Street Hospital. Her health deteriorated and as she grew she would scream in agony for hours despite being given morphine and ketamine.

Her mother, Charlotte Fitzmaurice Wise, knew the pain her daughter was suffering was too much for the 12-year-old to bear…

The judge praised Wise for her “love and devotion” towards her daughter… which was shown by her fight to kill Nancy. The judge ruled that she had no quality of life anymore, and therefore, she should be killed by refusing to give her any food or water until she died. It took her 14 days to die. Wise claimed that she wanted to end her daughter’s suffering and give her death with dignity, but she chose to do that by making her daughter suffer a slow, agonizing, painful death. How does that make any sense?…

So to end a person’s supposed suffering — a person who is not terminally ill, is not on any life support, and can breathe on their own — we must make them suffer a slow, painful, horrific death. But only if they’re disabled, apparently.

We don’t treat dogs this way. We don’t execute murderers in such a cruel manner. If a serial killer on death row was executed by forcing them to undergo starvation and dehydration, there would be widespread outrage. But because this girl, a child, is severely disabled, it’s considered acceptable. Putting a bullet in her head would have been kinder, because it at least would have been immediate. But then we can’t tap dance around the fact that what this mother did is murder.

Read more from this story HERE.

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Google’s New Computer With Human-Like Learning Abilities Will Program Itself http://joemiller.us/2014/10/googles-new-computer-human-like-learning-abilities-will-program/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/googles-new-computer-human-like-learning-abilities-will-program/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:13:26 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=102355 The new hybrid device might not need humans at all.

Google’s New Computer With Human-Like Learning Abilities Will Program Itself

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In college, it wasn’t rare to hear a verbal battle regarding artificial intelligence erupt between my friends studying neuroscience and my friends studying computer science.

One rather outrageous fellow would mention the possibility of a computer takeover, and off they went. The neuroscience-savvy would awe at the potential of such hybrid technology as the CS majors argued we have nothing to fear, as computers will always need a programmer to tell them what to do.

Today’s news brings us to the Neural Turing Machine, a computer that will combine the way ordinary computers work with the way the human brain learns, enabling it to actually program itself. Perhaps my CS friends should reevaluate their position?

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Google’s New Computer With Human-Like Learning Abilities Will Program Itself

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Obamacare Cancellations are Really Just “Invitations” to Get Better Plans http://joemiller.us/2014/10/obamacare-cancellations-really-just-invitations-get-better-plans/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/obamacare-cancellations-really-just-invitations-get-better-plans/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:30:34 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=102299 In order to be a big-government liberal, mental gymnastics and verbal tap-dancing must come naturally.

Obamacare Cancellations are Really Just “Invitations” to Get Better Plans

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In order to be a big-government liberal, mental gymnastics and verbal tap-dancing must come naturally. In an impressive display of verbal flexibility, a Health and Human Services official explained that Obamacare is really just a benevolent feature of a loving government that is completely incapable of coercion or force.

According to Joanne Grossie from the HHS, no one is being “forced” into the public exchanges. She even insisted that people who have found themselves kicked off their previous healthcare plans are actually quite lucky; because their previous plans were obviously inadequate clunkers that catered only to their gullibility and stupidity… Or something. According to the National Review Online:

“If you got one of the notices that your policy was going to be discontinued because it didn’t adhere to the law, it meant that now you could go into the health-insurance marketplace,” HHS’s Joanne Grossie told Republican state senator Jeff McWaters. “So, I just want to remind you that you weren’t losinginsurance you were just losing that insurance plan and were now beinginvited to go into the health insurance marketplace,” Grossie continued.

Nifty. It’s nice to know that when the IRS threatens to fine anyone who fails to get a new insurance plan through the government-run website (which I’m pretty sure is made from tinker-toys and an Atari), they’re really just inviting us to take part in Obamacare. I’m glad we cleared that up, because it would be easy for normal people to see that as coercion.

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Obamacare Cancellations are Really Just “Invitations” to Get Better Plans

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‘I Stared and Stared At My Son’: Mom Screamed for Abortion Workers to Call 911 after Baby Born Alive http://joemiller.us/2014/10/stared-stared-son-mom-screamed-abortion-workers-call-911-baby-born-alive/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/stared-stared-son-mom-screamed-abortion-workers-call-911-baby-born-alive/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:29:07 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=102233 In previous articles, Live Action has covered cases where babies born alive after abortions were denied medical care and allowed to die, or, in some cases, were killed by direct action.

‘I Stared and Stared At My Son’: Mom Screamed for Abortion Workers to Call 911 after Baby Born Alive

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Screen_Shot_2013-05-07_at_10.24.19_AMIn previous articles, Live Action has covered cases where babies born alive after abortions were denied medical care and allowed to die, or, in some cases, were killed by direct action. The recent trial of Kermit Gosnell shows that these incidents continue to occur. The sheer number of cases we know about leads one to wonder how often babies are born alive, but no one outside the abortion clinic ever knows.

In April of 2005, a pregnant woman named “Angele,” decided to abort her 22 week old unborn baby. She was in her 30s, divorced, and already had two children. She did not want a third child. She chose Orlando Women’s Center, also called EPOC Clinic operated by Dr. James Pendergraft. The abortion clinic’s website advertises “3 minute pain-free abortions.” The Orlando Women’s Center has published newspaper ads offering abortions up to 28 weeks.

Angele had named her baby Rowan. She chose a method of abortion that she hoped would cause the child a minimum of suffering – an injection of digoxin in the heart to kill him, rather than dismemberment by D&E.
The abortionist first had to insert laminaria, small sticks that expand inside the woman and dilate the cervix, making the abortion procedure easier. Before the insertion of laminaria, Angele was given a sedative. In her own words:

“The injection burned a lot as it went in. … The discomfort was distracting. I still felt the ‘lams’ as they were being inserted. Dr. Perper told me to relax my muscles and noted that my cervix was slightly soft. I asked him what that meant and he said it was good.”

Angele says the clinic workers discussed injecting the digoxin, but they never did. She described the doctor Harry Perper, MD, as “a very fast moving, hyperactive type of person.”

Read more from this story HERE.

‘I Stared and Stared At My Son’: Mom Screamed for Abortion Workers to Call 911 after Baby Born Alive

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5 Takeaways From Top Obama Official Calling Netanyahu ‘A Chickens**t’ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/5-takeaways-top-obama-official-calling-netanyahu-chickenst/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/5-takeaways-top-obama-official-calling-netanyahu-chickenst/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:28:40 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=102260 It’s probably safe to say that U.S.-Israel relations aren’t exactly at a high point.

5 Takeaways From Top Obama Official Calling Netanyahu ‘A Chickens**t’

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It’s probably safe to say that U.S.-Israel relations aren’t exactly at a high point.

In an article published Tuesday at The Atlantic by Jeffrey Goldberg, the Obama administration’s preferred conduit for all things Israel-related, an unnamed senior Obama administration official called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “a chickensh*t.”

“The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickensh*t,” the official told Goldberg.

“The good thing about Netanyahu is that he’s scared to launch wars,” he continued. ““The bad thing about him is that he won’t do anything to reach an accommodation with the Palestinians or with the Sunni Arab states. The only thing he’s interested in is protecting himself from political defeat. He’s not [Yitzhak] Rabin, he’s not [Ariel] Sharon, he’s certainly no [Menachem] Begin. He’s got no guts.”

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State Department Plans to Bring Foreign Ebola Patients to U.S. http://joemiller.us/2014/10/state-department-plans-bring-foreign-ebola-patients-u-s/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/state-department-plans-bring-foreign-ebola-patients-u-s/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:27:38 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=102264 The State Department has quietly made plans to bring Ebola-infected doctors and medical aides to the U.S. for treatment.

State Department Plans to Bring Foreign Ebola Patients to U.S.

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By Stephen Dinan.

The State Department has quietly made plans to bring Ebola-infected doctors and medical aides to the U.S. for treatment, according to an internal department document that argued the only way to get other countries to send medical teams to West Africa is to promise that the U.S. will be the world’s medical backstop.

Some countries “are implicitly or explicitly waiting for medevac assurances” before they will agree to send their own medical teams to join U.S. and U.N. aid workers on the ground, the State Department argues in the undated four-page memo, which was reviewed by The Washington Times.

“The United States needs to show leadership and act as we are asking others to act by admitting certain non-citizens into the country for medical treatment for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) during the Ebola crisis,” says the four-page memo, which lists as its author Robert Sorenson, deputy director of the office of international health and biodefense.

More than 10,000 people have become infected with Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, and the U.S. has taken a lead role in arguing that the outbreak must be stopped in West Africa. President Obama has committed thousands of U.S. troops and has deployed American medical personnel, but other countries have been slow to follow.

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Photo Credit: Tanya Bindra / AP

The Grim Future if Ebola Goes Global

By MARYN MCKENNA.

If you listened hard over the weekend to the chatter around the political theater of detaining a nurse returning from the Ebola zone in a tent with no heat or running water, you might have heard a larger concern expressed. It was this: What happens if this kind of punitive detention — which went far beyond what medical authorities recommend — deters aid workers from going to West Africa to help?

As a reminder, the African Ebola epidemic is still roaring in three countries; two others have contained the disease, but it has now leaked to a sixth, Mali. The case count is 10,141, with 4,922 deaths. Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that if the epidemic continued on its current course, cases would hit 1.4 million by next January. Last week, Yale researchers said in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases that even current promises of international aidwill not contain the epidemic — so the volunteering of medical personnel such as that nurse becomes even more important.

But what if, because of this weekend’s events, volunteers are discouraged from going to West Africa, for fear of how they will be received on return? Or what if they do go, and their efforts are still not enough?

I wanted to be sure I wasn’t over-imagining what might happen next with Ebola, if it is not contained at its source now. For a fact-check, I turned to Jody Lanard and Peter Sandman, two risk-communication experts who have been involved in most of the big epidemic threats of the past decades. (I met them, I think, in the first run-up of concern over H5N1 avian flu in 2003.)

Read more from this story HERE.

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Australia bans travel from Ebola-hit countries; U.S. isolates troops

By Michelle Nichols and Umaru Fofana.

Australia became the first developed country on Tuesday to shut its borders to citizens of the countries worst-hit by the West African Ebola outbreak, a move those states said stigmatized healthy people and would make it harder to fight the disease.

Australia’s ban on visas for citizens of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea followed decisions by the U.S. military to quarantine soldiers returning from an Ebola response mission and some U.S. states to isolate aid workers. The United Nations said such measures could discourage vital relief work, making it harder to stop the spread of the deadly virus.

“Anything that will dissuade foreign trained personnel from coming here to West Africa and joining us on the frontline to fight the fight would be very, very unfortunate,” Anthony Banbury, head of the U.N. Ebola Emergency Response Mission (UNMEER), told Reuters in the Ghanaian capital Accra.

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Report: 71 Percent of this State’s Job Growth Since 2000 Has Gone to Immigrants Over Americans http://joemiller.us/2014/10/report-71-percent-nh-job-growth-since-2000-gone-immigrants-americans/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/report-71-percent-nh-job-growth-since-2000-gone-immigrants-americans/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:26:58 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=102243 A whopping 71% of new jobs in this state since 2000 have gone to foreign immigrant workers—both those who are here illegally and legally—a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) found.

Report: 71 Percent of this State’s Job Growth Since 2000 Has Gone to Immigrants Over Americans

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A whopping 71% of new jobs in New Hampshire since 2000 have gone to foreign immigrant workers—both those who are here illegally and legally—a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) found.

“Job growth in New Hampshire has not been very strong,” Steven Camarota, CIS’s research director and the report’s co-author, said in a statement accompanying its release. “The situation for natives without a college education has been particular bad. Thus, it is surprising that many of New Hampshire’s politicians supported the Gang of Eight bill, which would give work authorization to illegal immigrants and dramatically increase the number of foreign workers allowed into the country in the future.”

One particular politician in the state who supported the “Gang of Eight” bill, which would have hurt even more New Hampshire jobs than current immigration policy does, is incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). Shaheen voted for the immigration bill and regularly defends it on the campaign trail, despite the fact that the data that CIS found shows New Hampshire’s citizens are struggling, and illegal and legal immigrants are taking many of the state’s new jobs.

The study, which relies on government data from entities such as the U.S. Census Bureau, found that through 2000 to the first half of 2014, immigrants both legal and illegal took 21,000 new jobs in New Hampshire. Meanwhile, during the same time frame, native-born U.S. citizens in New Hampshire got only 8,700 new jobs.

But despite the 71% increase in jobs to foreign workers in the state, the percentage of U.S. citizens born in New Hampshire during that time frame increased 65%—something CIS says is “striking.”

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Report: 71 Percent of this State’s Job Growth Since 2000 Has Gone to Immigrants Over Americans

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Pro-GOP Chicago Pastor Gets Death Threats, Church Collection Box Robbed http://joemiller.us/2014/10/pro-gop-chicago-pastor-gets-death-threats-church-collection-box-robbed/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/pro-gop-chicago-pastor-gets-death-threats-church-collection-box-robbed/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:25:56 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=102248 A black Chicago pastor is speaking out about death threats he has received after publicly supporting the Republican candidate for governor.

Pro-GOP Chicago Pastor Gets Death Threats, Church Collection Box Robbed

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A black Chicago pastor is speaking out about death threats he has received after publicly supporting the Republican candidate for governor.

The harassment didn’t end there. This weekend, nearly $8,000 was stolen from New Beginnings Church’s collection box.

Corey Brooks told Steve Doocy this morning that the box had been there for six months, with members putting in change and small amounts.

The money was going to go toward the construction of a community center on the South Side.

“The young people have nowhere to go. They have nowhere to express or enhance their lives. … Our church has been working diligently to raise funds. We haven’t depended on the government to give us anything,” said Brooks.

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Pro-GOP Chicago Pastor Gets Death Threats, Church Collection Box Robbed

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Second Parent: My Child Got Nation of Islam Paper, Too http://joemiller.us/2014/10/second-parent-child-got-nation-islam-paper/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/second-parent-child-got-nation-islam-paper/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:24:48 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=102252 A second parent has now come forward acknowledging their child received a Nation of Islam “handout” in a third grade class at Harold McCormick Elementary School– contradicting claims by the school district that the document was not distributed in the classroom.

Second Parent: My Child Got Nation of Islam Paper, Too

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Photo Credit: Sommer Bauer

A second parent has now come forward acknowledging their child received a Nation of Islam “handout” in a third grade class at Harold McCormick Elementary School in Elizabethton, Tennessee – contradicting claims by the school district that the document was not distributed in the classroom.

I first told you about this story on Monday. Parent Sommer Bauer told me her son’s teacher gave him a document that portrayed the presidents on Mount Rushmore as being racists.

We still don’t know how that Nation of Islam information found its way into that third grade classroom.

School superintendent E.C. Alexander refuted allegations that the Nation of Islam document had been distributed in class. He told me the document was never meant for public distribution and that the child took the sheet of paper from the teacher’s work station without her permission.

“The student (without permission) took the sheet from a “ton” of discarded teacher’s material on that table; then, the student took it home and gave it to the parent,” Alexander wrote in an email to educators after my column was published.

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Second Parent: My Child Got Nation of Islam Paper, Too

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Victory: Court Rules Obama Admin Can’t Force Catholic College to Obey HHS Mandate http://joemiller.us/2014/10/victory-court-rules-obama-admin-cant-force-catholic-college-obey-hhs-mandate/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/victory-court-rules-obama-admin-cant-force-catholic-college-obey-hhs-mandate/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:23:48 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=102295 In another legal victory against the HHS mandate, a court has ruled a Catholic college doesn’t have to obey the mandate, which compels it to pay for abortion-causing drugs for its employees.

Victory: Court Rules Obama Admin Can’t Force Catholic College to Obey HHS Mandate

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In another legal victory against the HHS mandate, a court has ruled a Catholic college doesn’t have to obey the mandate, which compels it to pay for abortion-causing drugs for its employees.

A federal court issued a decision Tuesday in Ave Maria School of Law v. Sebelius that stops enforcement of the Obama administration’s abortion pill mandate against Ave Maria School of Law, a Catholic law school.

Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowmantold LifeNews: “Faith-based educational institutions should be free to live and operate according to the faith they teach and espouse. The court was right to uphold the religious freedom of institutions that value the sanctity of life. If the government can force Ave Maria School of Law to violate its faith in order to exist, then the government can do the same or worse to others.”

The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of the administration’s mandate that religious employers provide insurance coverage for abortifacients, sterilization, and contraception to employees regardless of religious or moral objections.

Facing millions of dollars of fines that would have taken effect this weekend, Ave Maria University stood up against the government and won an injunction this morning protecting its right to stay true to its beliefs. This is the first order enjoining the government’s latest attempt to coerce religious organizations via an “augmented rule” that it issued last August.

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Victory: Court Rules Obama Admin Can’t Force Catholic College to Obey HHS Mandate

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Citing Terrorism Concerns, DHS Beefs Up Security At Federal Government Buildings http://joemiller.us/2014/10/citing-terrorism-concerns-dhs-beefs-security-federal-government-buildings/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/citing-terrorism-concerns-dhs-beefs-security-federal-government-buildings/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:22:51 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=102291 In light of this announcement, I urge Americans to step up their personal security as well. Stay vigilant.

Citing Terrorism Concerns, DHS Beefs Up Security At Federal Government Buildings

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Late Tuesday afternoon the Department of Homeland Security announced security will be beefed up at federal government buildings across the country, citing terror concerns and recent attacks in Canada for the increase. The following statement was released by DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson:

Today I am announcing that I have directed the Federal Protective Service to enhance its presence and security at various U.S. Government buildings in Washington DC and other major cities and locations around the country. The precise actions we are taking and the precise locations at which we will enhance security is law-enforcement sensitive, will vary and shift from location to location, and will be continually re-evaluated.

The Federal Protective Service is responsible for the protection of over 9500 federal facilities owned or leased by the General Services Administration, through which 1.4 million visitors and occupants pass daily.

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Citing Terrorism Concerns, DHS Beefs Up Security At Federal Government Buildings

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