Restoring Liberty http://joemiller.us Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:11:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.3 Disgusting: College Students Spit on Wounded Vet, Urinate on American Flag; University Apologizes http://joemiller.us/2015/04/disgusting-college-students-spit-on-wounded-vet-urinate-on-american-flag-university-apologizes/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/disgusting-college-students-spit-on-wounded-vet-urinate-on-american-flag-university-apologizes/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:56:17 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=116190 Investigations have been launched at two universities over accusations that fraternity members taunted wounded war heroes, urinated on an American flag, and spit on a wounded veteran and his service dog in Panama City Beach, Florida.

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By Todd Starnes. Investigations have been launched at two universities over accusations that fraternity members taunted wounded war heroes, urinated on an American flag, and spit on a wounded veteran and his service dog in Panama City Beach, Florida.

The April 17 incident, involving Zeta Beta Tau fraternity members from the University of Florida and Emory University, has infuriated residents of Panama City.

“They were being treated like the Vietnam veterans were treated,” said Linda Cope, the founder of the Warrior Beach Retreat. . .

Cope tells me the fraternity members were staying in the same resort – and caused a night of mayhem. The college kids made derogatory comments about the warriors’ wives, threw items off balconies and desecrated an American flag.

She also said one of the warriors and his service dog were spit on. (Read more from “Disgusting: Frat Boys Spit on Wounded Vet, Urinate on American Flag” HERE)

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Emory University Apologizes for Horrendous Frat Behavior

By News Herald. Emory University was appalled to learn of acts of disrespect and harassment that were directed at attendees of the Warrior Beach Retreat in Florida this past weekend.

Our brave veterans who have sacrificed much for our country deserve the utmost respect and appreciation for their service.

The disrespectful behavior exhibited by students toward our veterans is not acceptable and will not be tolerated by members of the Emory community.

When Emory received complaints that students from one of our fraternities might be involved, Campus Life administrators immediately began an investigation. To date, no evidence has been found to implicate Emory students in these reported incidents. If any members of our community are identified as being responsible, they will be held accountable for their actions by the university.

Emory University thanks veterans for the significant contributions they have made to our country, and for exhibiting the values that we hold with great respect within our university community. (Read more from this story HERE)

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Community Shocked at Veterans’ Treatment

By Kelly Baumgarten. Twice a year Panama City Beach welcomes our wounded heroes into the community for the Warrior Beach Retreat, but an event aimed at honoring our nation’s veterans took a different turn at their hotel. . .

“This retreat has just been an eye opener. It’s been more amazing than I ever thought it would be,” said Gina Harden, the wife of a wounded veteran.

Our community has always gone above and beyond to give them a heroes welcome. However, during this Warrior Beach Retreat it was a different story when it comes to some of our visitors.

Some veterans say they now know how Vietnam Veterans felt when they came home. They say they were subjected to similar harassment by a group of college students.

“They actually spit on me and my service dog as well, and that’s just so disrespectful and it hurts. I come and I feel honored and I feel safe and that I belong, but now I feel like I’m defending myself,” said wounded veteran Nicholas Connole. (Read more from this story HERE)

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Obama Admin Admits Illegal Alien Gang Member Who Killed ‘Top Model’ Not Deported Due to Obama’s Amnesty Program http://joemiller.us/2015/04/obama-admin-admits-illegal-alien-gang-member-who-killed-top-model-not-deported-due-to-obamas-amnesty-program/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/obama-admin-admits-illegal-alien-gang-member-who-killed-top-model-not-deported-due-to-obamas-amnesty-program/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:55:16 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=116175 Obama's unconstitutional amnesty allows dangerous criminals who came here illegally, even known gang members, to stay. The nation is now reaping the consequences.

Obama Admin Admits Illegal Alien Gang Member Who Killed ‘Top Model’ Not Deported Due to Obama’s Amnesty Program

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Mirjana-Puha-e1429745768456-913x512The Obama administration confirmed that the illegal immigrant charged with the first degree murder of a contestant on America’s Next Top Model (ANTM) and two others had been granted amnesty under the president’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, also known as the “dreamer” policy.

Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez and David Ezequel Lopez, both 19, are accused of triple homicides in the deaths of ANTM contestant Mirjana Puhar, 19; her boyfriend, Jonathan Alvarado, 23; and his roommate, Jusmar Isiah Gonzaga-Garcia, 21, on February 24, 2015, at Alvardo’s home in Charlotte, N.C.

As previously reported by Western Journalism, Sens. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa (Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee), first raised concerns about Rangel-Hernandez’s status a few days after the murders in a letter to Department of Homeland Security head Jeh Johnson. By the following month, Grassley and Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., had confirmed that the murder suspect avoided deportation through the DACA policy.

Grassley and Tillis’ inquiry further revealed that Rangel-Hernandez had been placed in the removal process by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) following drug charges in 2012, but his proceedings were dismissed in 2013 after his approval for Obama’s deferral program.

The senators added, “Whistleblowers allege that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services granted Rangel-Hernandez’s DACA application despite knowledge that he was a gang member.”

In light of their discoveries, the senators asked Sec. Jeh Johnson pointed questions, demanding to know why someone who was not eligible for DACA, due to his criminal record and gang membership, was allowed to stay in the country.

Grassley released U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) director Leon Rodriguez’s reply on Tuesday, in which he admitted, “Given the fact that the individual [Rangel-Hernandez] was a known gang member, his request should have been denied.” He further noted that, during their investigation, the USCIS identified others in the country under DACA who “merit further review.”

Grassley responded to USCIS’s admission, saying:

This statement by USCIS confirms what we have feared – that USCIS is not doing a thorough job reviewing the individuals who it allows to stay in this country under the President’s deferred action program. It’s no secret that USCIS staff is under intense pressure to approve every DACA application that comes across their desk, and based on this information, it’s clear that adequate protocols are not in place to protect public safety. The fact is that this tragedy could have been avoided if the agency had a zero tolerance policy with regard to criminal aliens and gang members.

Sen. Tillis added:

The flawed implementation of the President’s blanket deferred action program has created a loophole that allows dangerous criminals who came here illegally – even known gang members – to stay in the country. The USCIS needs to immediately start performing detailed criminal background checks to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.

Breitbart reports, as of March 20, 2015, the Obama administration had approved more than 866,638 DACA applications, 223,826 of which were renewals. (See “Obama Admin Admits Gang Member Who Killed ‘Top Model’ Not Deported Due to Obama’s Amnesty Program”, originally posted HERE)

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Tom Brady “No Show” for Patriots’ White House Trip http://joemiller.us/2015/04/tom-brady-no-show-for-patriots-white-house-trip/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/tom-brady-no-show-for-patriots-white-house-trip/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:54:42 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=116162 The Patriots were honored by President Barack Obama at the White House on Thursday, but the MVP wasn't in attendance. And then Obama tried to joke about "deflate-gate". Big mistake.

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By CBS Boston. The Patriots [were] honored by President Barack Obama at the White House on Thursday, but the MVP [wasn’t] in attendance.

According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss and the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe, Tom Brady [wasn’t] present at the White House due to a family obligation . . .

The quarterback earned Super Bowl MVP honors for the third time in his career when he threw four touchdowns in a 28-24 win over the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. (Read more from “Tom Brady Won’t Be Present for Patriots’ White House Trip” HERE)

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Obama ‘Deflategate’ Joke Falls Flat

By Jordan Fabian. President Obama gave the New England Patriots a hard time about the “Deflategate” scandal on Thursday.

“I usually tell jokes at these events, but I was worried 11 of 12 of them would fall flat,” Obama joked during a ceremony honoring the Patriots’ Super Bowl title on the South Lawn.

The crowd let out an audible groan at the president’s jab.

The president conceded that the “whole story got blown a little out of proportion.”

The Patriots’ championship run was clouded by allegations that a team employee deflated 11 out its 12 footballs during the AFC Championship game. (Read more from this story HERE)

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U.S. Military Hostile to Christians Under Obama; Morale, Retention Devastated [+video] http://joemiller.us/2015/04/u-s-military-hostile-to-christians-under-obama-morale-retention-devastated-video/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/u-s-military-hostile-to-christians-under-obama-morale-retention-devastated-video/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:54:30 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=116196 If Obama gets his way, and current trends continue, soon there may only be atheists in the foxholes.

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Soon there may only be atheists in the foxholes.

Christians are leaving the U.S. military or are discouraged from joining in the first place because of a “hostile work environment” that doesn’t let them express their beliefs openly, religious freedom advocates say.

Michael Berry, senior counsel at the Liberty Institute, a Texas-based legal organization dedicated to defending religious liberty in America, said recent high-profile cases of military chaplains facing punishment for private counseling sessions that reflected the teachings of their religion could cause devout Americans who are qualified for military service to think twice about joining the military.

In December, a chaplain for a Ranger training battalion received an administrative letter of concern after a soldier complained that he advocated Christianity and used the Bible during a mandatory unit suicide-prevention training session. The Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers said the chaplain “used his official position to force his personal religious beliefs on a captive military audience” in an article the group posted on its website.

And, last month, a Navy chaplain was removed from his post and may lose his career after some sailors complained about his private counseling, in which he reportedly advocated against homosexuality and sex outside of marriage.

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This Just-Disclosed Heartbreaking Mistake Is a ‘Major Blow’ to Obama’s Touted Drone War http://joemiller.us/2015/04/this-just-disclosed-heartbreaking-mistake-is-a-major-blow-to-obamas-touted-drone-war/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/this-just-disclosed-heartbreaking-mistake-is-a-major-blow-to-obamas-touted-drone-war/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:54:18 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=116171 This heartbreaking mishap represents a major blow to the Central Intelligence Agency and its covert drone program in Pakistan, which President Barack Obama embraced and expanded after coming to office in 2009.

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Though it reportedly happened months ago, the Obama administration just this morning (Thursday) revealed that two Western hostages held by terrorist kidnappers in Pakistan were killed in a strike on al-Qaeda by a U.S drone. The Wall Street Journal reports that this is “the first known instance in which the U.S. has accidentally killed a hostage in a drone strike.”

“The mishap represents a major blow to the Central Intelligence Agency and its covert drone program in Pakistan, which President Barack Obama embraced and expanded after coming to office in 2009.”

The two hostages reportedly killed in the January incident near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border have been identified as Warren Weinstein, an American, and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian. The strike on the suspected terrorist compound is also said to have killed al-Qaeda leader Ahmed Farouq, another American citizen. A separate strike in January reportedly led to the death of American-born al-Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn.

A USA Today article on the accidental deaths of the two hostages — both of whom had been held captive for years — notes that President Obama just recently decided to release the information, which had heretofore been classified.

“‘The operation targeted an al-Qaeda-associated compound, where we had no reason to believe either hostage was present, located in the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan,’ [Josh] Earnest said in the statement. ‘No words can fully express our regret over this terrible tragedy.’”

Appearing before reporters after the Earnest statement announced the sad news, Obama took “full responsibility” for the incident and apologized on behalf of the government . . . (Read more from “BREAKING: The Heartbreaking Mistake Just Disclosed Is a ‘Major Blow’ to Obama’s Touted Drone War” HERE)

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Fleet of Iranian Ships Heading to Yemen Turns Around After Being Tracked by US Warships [+video] http://joemiller.us/2015/04/fleet-of-iranian-ships-heading-to-yemen-turns-around-after-being-tracked-by-us-warships-video/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/fleet-of-iranian-ships-heading-to-yemen-turns-around-after-being-tracked-by-us-warships-video/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:53:58 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=116200 A nine-ship Iranian convoy believed to be laden with weapons bound for rebels in Yemen turned around Thursday after being followed by U.S. warships.

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download (9)A nine-ship Iranian convoy believed to be laden with weapons bound for rebels in Yemen turned around Thursday after being followed by U.S. warships stationed in the area to prevent arms shipments, multiple sources in the Pentagon told Fox News.

The sources said the nine-ship convoy is south of Salalah, Oman, and now headed northeast in the Arabian Sea in the direction of home. The ships, which include seven freighters and two frigates, had sailed southwest along the coast of Yemen heading in the direction of Aden and the entrance to the Red Sea. The two Iranian warships escorting the convoy are Thondor Type 021-class missile boats and the other ships in the convoy are a mix of commercial vessels with some carrying shipping containers.

The USS Theodore Roosevelt, a 100,000-ton nuclear-powered aircraft carrier known as the “Big Stick” and her escort, the USS Normandy, a guided missile cruiser, have been shadowing the convoy for the past few days, the sources said.

Fighter jets taking off from the carrier have been relaying the convoy’s location to the U.S. Navy’s higher command since the start of the week.

Pentagon officials say the U.S. Navy set up the nine ships in a line parallel to the coast of Yemen stretching from the Bab-el-Mandeb Straight to waters south of Oman, which provide “continuous coverage” of the Iranian convoy. (Read more from “Fleet of Iranian Ships Heading to Yemen Turns Around After Being Tracked by US Warships” HERE)

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Carly Fiorina: ‘Clinton Cash’ Revelations Amidst Russian Uranium Deal Simply the ‘Clinton Way’ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/carly-fiorina-clinton-cash-revelations-amidst-russian-uranium-deal-simply-the-clinton-way/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/carly-fiorina-clinton-cash-revelations-amidst-russian-uranium-deal-simply-the-clinton-way/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:53:38 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=116166 The quid-pro-quo surrounding payments to the Clinton Foundation and the Russian uranium deal is blowing wide out in the open. And Former Hewlett Packard CEO and potential GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is on the attack.

Carly Fiorina: ‘Clinton Cash’ Revelations Amidst Russian Uranium Deal Simply the ‘Clinton Way’

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By Alex Swoyer. Former Hewlett Packard CEO and potential GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is often critical about Hillary Clinton’s track record as secretary of state.

Thursday morning, Fiorina took to Facebook to criticize Clinton, the likely Democratic presidential nominee, for the new revelations regarding the Clinton Foundation’s donations exposed in Peter Schweizer’s book Clinton Cash.

“It’s the Clinton way: raking in millions from foreign governments behind closed doors while making promises about transparency that they never intended to keep. Now they’re scrambling to refile their taxes and account for her decisions as Secretary of State,” Carly stated. “The American people will have a choice. Are we going to demand trust and transparency from our leaders? Have we had enough of a ruling political class that doles out favors to the wealthy and well connected few?” (Read more from “Carly Fiorina: ‘Clinton Cash’ Revelations Simply the ‘Clinton Way'” HERE)

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Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal

By Jo Becker and Mike McIntire. The headline on the website Pravda trumpeted President Vladimir V. Putin’s latest coup, its nationalistic fervor recalling an era when its precursor served as the official mouthpiece of the Kremlin: “Russian Nuclear Energy Conquers the World.”

The article, in January 2013, detailed how the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom, had taken over a Canadian company with uranium-mining stakes stretching from Central Asia to the American West. The deal made Rosatom one of the world’s largest uranium producers and brought Mr. Putin closer to his goal of controlling much of the global uranium supply chain.

But the untold story behind that story is one that involves not just the Russian president, but also a former American president and a woman who would like to be the next one.

At the heart of the tale are several men, leaders of the Canadian mining industry, who have been major donors to the charitable endeavors of former President Bill Clinton and his family. Members of that group built, financed and eventually sold off to the Russians a company that would become known as Uranium One. (Read more from “Russian Uranium Deal” HERE)

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Miracle: Woman Wakes up Just Hours Before Family Was to End Life Support http://joemiller.us/2015/04/miracle-woman-wakes-up-just-hours-before-family-was-to-end-life-support/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/miracle-woman-wakes-up-just-hours-before-family-was-to-end-life-support/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:53:21 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=116153 As he watched his wife's fingers and nose turn black, this husband made the decision to pull the plug.

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download (6)Kent had lost hope that his wife would survive after he found her sick on the bathroom floor and doctors said the medication she needed to keep her organs functioning would likely result in her sacrificing her arms and legs.

Kent and his son, Ryan, watched helplessly for weeks as Teri’s tongue swelled and the tip of her nose, hands and feet turned black . . .

“We came to the conclusion as a family that the next day we were going to remove her from life support,” Ryan says . . .

That’s when she opened her eyes . . .

OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton explains that Teri had group A strep, which led to sepsis, which is caused when bacteria gets into the bloodstream and spreads throughout the body. Medication can lower the blood pressure to help prevent the infection from reaching and shutting down the vital organs, but if the arms and legs don’t receive enough blood, the tissue can die and the limbs have to be amputated. (Read more from “Miracle: Woman Wakes up Just Hours Before Family Was to End Life Support” HERE)

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Offended Native American Actors Quit Adam Sandler Movie http://joemiller.us/2015/04/offended-native-american-actors-quit-adam-sandler-movie/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/offended-native-american-actors-quit-adam-sandler-movie/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:51:52 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=116186 A group of American Indian actors have walked off the set of an Adam Sandler movie production following these complaints.

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US-ENTERTAINMENT-PREMIERE-MEN WOMEN CHILDRENA group of American Indian actors have walked off the set of an Adam Sandler movie production following complaints over stereotypes and offensive names.

Actor Loren Anthony told The Associated Press on Thursday that he and eight others quit the production of satirical western “The Ridiculous Six” after producers ignored their concerns about its portrayal of Apache culture.

Anthony says the script also included offensive Native American female characters named “Beaver’s Breath” and “No Bra.” He says producers told them to leave if they felt offended.

“Right from the get-go, it didn’t feel right. But we it let it go,” said Anthony, a Navajo actor who started work as an extra on the movie Monday. “Once we found out more about the script, we felt it was totally disrespectful to elders and Native women.”

“The Ridiculous Six” is produced by Sandler and Allen Covert and is slated for a Netflix-only release. Production began this month in Santa Fe and elsewhere in northern New Mexico. (Read more from “Offended Native American Actors Quit Adam Sandler Movie” HERE)

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You’ll Never Guess How Fast This Italian Doctor Thinks He Can Perform a Head Transplant http://joemiller.us/2015/04/youll-never-guess-how-fast-this-italian-doctor-thinks-he-can-perform-a-head-transplant/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/youll-never-guess-how-fast-this-italian-doctor-thinks-he-can-perform-a-head-transplant/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:51:35 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=116158 An Italian doctor is moving forward with his head transplant plans and now claims it can be accomplished in an extreme amount of time. But scientists are sounding the alarm.

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download (7)The Italian doctor who has claimed that he could transplant a man’s head onto a donor’s body has said that he could do much of the procedure in less than an hour.

The procedure — which Canavero has admitted is just a first step towards his ultimate aim of creating immortality — will see a man’s head removed and placed on a donor’s body [and] get cooled down — as it is when doctors operate on some parts of the brain — and switched onto the different body. Doctors will then have a few minutes to attach the blood vessels . . .

After that, the full joining process could take up to 24 hours. Canavero said that it would be carried out by a team of doctors to ensure that none of them got tired, and that doctors and surgeons from around the world had inquired about joining that team.

Canavero said that he will explain the procedure in depth at a neurosurgeons’ conference on June 12. “I’ll prove it is totally possible to all the skeptics there,” he told Mail Online. . .

As well as casting doubt on the scientific likelihood of the procedure, doctors have said that if successful it could cause huge problems for Canavero. One expert warned that Spidonov could suffer something “a lot worse than death”. (Read more from “You’ll Never Guess How Fast This Italian Doctor Thinks He Can Perform a Head Transplant” HERE)

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Watch: Texas Trooper KARATE KICKS Suspect off His Motorcycle Following High-Speed Chase http://joemiller.us/2015/04/watch-texas-trooper-karate-kicks-suspect-off-his-motorcycle-following-high-speed-chase/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/watch-texas-trooper-karate-kicks-suspect-off-his-motorcycle-following-high-speed-chase/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:51:22 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=116205 Dashcam footage has revealed the startling moment a Texas trooper ran toward a motorcyclist following a high-speed chase, leaped into the air and karate kicked him to the ground.

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Dashcam footage has revealed the startling moment a Texas trooper ran toward a motorcyclist following a high-speed chase, leaped into the air and karate kicked him to the ground.

The unconventional maneuver led to a three-day, unpaid suspension for Trooper Abraham Martinez last year but the footage only emerged this week as the Austin American Statesman investigated outdated tactics used in Department of Public Safety pursuits.

The incident unfolded in December 2012 after Martinez, a 10-year veteran trooper, took chase when 25-year-old Steven Gaydos ran a stop sign near Houston . . .

Troopers followed Gaydos for nearly 40 miles at speeds of 130 mph before Martinez pulled alongside him and fired four times through the window of his moving car, striking the man once in the thigh.

The motorcyclist then raised his hand and pulled over and, as he tried to put down his kickstand, Martinez suddenly leaped out at him, kicked him and knocked him to the ground. (Read more from “Watch: Texas Trooper KARATE KICKS Suspect off His Motorcycle Following High-Speed Chase” HERE)

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European Food Banks: Crushing Demand Across UK, Over One Million Seek Emergency Help [+video] http://joemiller.us/2015/04/european-food-banks-crushing-demand-across-uk-over-one-million-seek-emergency-help-video/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/european-food-banks-crushing-demand-across-uk-over-one-million-seek-emergency-help-video/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:51:09 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=116182 The number of people using food banks has reached a record one million, despite signs that the economy is improving.

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download (8)The number of people using food banks has reached a record one million, despite signs that the economy is improving, new figures reveal.

The Trussell Trust, which runs 445 food banks across the UK, said 1,084,604 people received supplies in the last financial year – an increase of 19 per cent on the previous years – and that 400,000 of them were children.

Everyone who receives food from Trussell Trust food banks is referred by a professional, such as a social worker or school liaison officer.

Delays in receiving benefits were the main reason for referrals to food banks, but the Trussell Trust said there was an increase in referrals of workers on low income . . .

People in work who use food banks were reported to be struggling with insecure income, low wages and high living costs. (Read more from “Food Banks: Over One Million Seek Emergency Help” HERE)

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Louis Head, Stepfather of Michael Brown, Boldly Walks to the St. Louis County Circuit Court Wearing Profane Jacket http://joemiller.us/2015/04/louis-head-stepfather-of-michael-brown-boldly-walks-to-the-st-louis-county-circuit-court-wearing-profane-jacket/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/louis-head-stepfather-of-michael-brown-boldly-walks-to-the-st-louis-county-circuit-court-wearing-profane-jacket/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:50:52 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=116208 On the very day that the Brown family announced their intent to file charges in a civil lawsuit against the City of Ferguson, Louis Head, the stepfather of Michael Brown, had another idea.

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On the very day that the Brown family announced their intent to file charges in a civil lawsuit against the City of Ferguson, Missouri, Louis Head, the stepfather of Michael Brown, had another idea. Pictured below is Louis Head crossing the street on his way to the City of St. Louis Circuit Court Building wearing a jacket emblazoned with what appears to be a side-by-side image of Barrack Obama and Michael Brown, with a lower image of an individual throwing a flaming Molotov cocktail.

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Louis Head, the boyfriend of Michael Brown’s mother Lesile McSpadden, has been subject to media scrutiny after a video emerged depicting him of saying multiple times to, “Burn this bit** [Town of Ferguson] down” following the grand jury decision to not formally indict Officer Darren Wilson of any crime in the shooting death of Michael Brown. The night following the grand jury’s “no true bill”, looting and burning of local businesses occurred similar to the days immediately following Brown’s death. These destructive acts happened amid the presence of Al Sharpton whom spoke at times of a peaceful protest. At other times, he suggested that the looters were actually liberators.

In the days following the second spat of burnings and lootings, the State of Missouri’s Lieutenant Governor, Pete Kinder suggested that Louis Head should be indicted for inciting a riot. Prior to those comments, Missouri Governor, Democrat Jay Nixon released a statement suggesting that that the video footage of the alleged strong-arm robbery of the convenient store, where Brown stole a box of cigars, was put forward to discredit the character of Michael Brown.

Although Nixon’s opinion on that issue never wavered in light of the contrary evidence, he did order in the days leading up to the grand jury announcement that the National Guard be called into service. After the first night of looting and rioting following the grand jury decision, ostensibly egged on by Louis Head, Nixon called in the Missouri National Guard to aid in restoring order to the local community.

Now, the mother of Michael Brown has filed suit, claiming damages of $75,000 plus legal fees in the highly controversial death of her son. Obviously, she is forgetting the physical damage to the community that her boyfriend caused by his actions. What needs to be made clear is on Monday November 24, 2015, the police officer in question was acquitted of any wrong doing in the shooting death of Brown by a grand jury. The jury deliberated and issued a “no true bill” to that affect. Additionally, the U.S. department of Justice, led by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, ran a concurrent investigation to determine if the civil rights of Michael Brown were violated, and similarly found no grounds to pursue federal charges. According to MSNBC contributors Trymaine Lee and Adam Howard, “In an 80-plus page report, the DOJ said that there was no evidence that Wilson had the intent to kill Brown, nor was their any proof that the former officer didn’t fear for his safety.”

Ultimately, serious moral and ethical problems plague Louis Headley, and those who continue to support him after each of his outlandish acts. At present, the mainstream leftist news organizations appear to be giving tacit approval, if not moral support to his radical cause. Meanwhile, the average person working in Ferguson suffers. Media outlets like MSNBC, Huffington Post, and ThinkProgress.org apparently have no issue with Head’s incendiary comments. It will be rather telling if they have enough journalistic integrity to report on Head’s outrageous outerwear, praising violence, Michael Brown and Barack Obama. Perhaps they should also remind Americans that the President – in the wake of the grand jury decision – went to the United Nations and suggested that the United States has its own genocide problem akin to ISIS. Maybe it is time for Obama to put the shoe on the other foot, and publicly condemn the actions of Louis Head. While he’s at it, he shouldn’t forget to condemn the actions of ISIS, as well.

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‘Killing Jews Is Worship’ Posters Will Soon Appear on NYC Subways and Buses http://joemiller.us/2015/04/killing-jews-is-worship-posters-will-soon-appear-on-nyc-subways-and-buses/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/killing-jews-is-worship-posters-will-soon-appear-on-nyc-subways-and-buses/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:37:41 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=116115 New Yorkers are used to aggressive advertising. Banners for breast implants. Billboards for condoms. But a federal judge’s ruling has opened the door for far more controversial posters on buses and subways across the city.

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download (5)New Yorkers are used to aggressive advertising. Banners for breast implants. Billboards for condoms. But a federal judge’s ruling has opened the door for far more controversial posters on buses and subways across the city.

“Killing Jews is Worship that draws us close to Allah,” reads one such ad next to the image of a young man in a checkered headscarf. “That’s His Jihad. What’s yours?”

The poster is at the center of heated legal debate over public safety and free speech. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge John Koeltl ruled that New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) cannot stop the controversial ad from running on scores of subway cars and buses.

The MTA has argued that the ad could incite violence against Jews, but Koeltl rejected that idea.

MTA officials “underestimate the tolerant quality of New Yorkers and overestimate the potential impact of these fleeting advertisements,” he ruled. “Moreover, there is no evidence that seeing one of these advertisements on the back of a bus would be sufficient to trigger a violent reaction. Therefore, these ads — offensive as they may be — are still entitled to First Amendment protection.” (Read more from “‘Killing Jews Is Worship’ Posters Will Soon Appear on NYC Subways and Buses” HERE)

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Jeb Bush Praises Obama’s Expansion of Surveillance State; Congressman Massie Says “Hell, No!” [+video] http://joemiller.us/2015/04/jeb-bush-praises-obamas-expansion-of-surveillance-state-congressman-massie-says-hell-no-video/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/jeb-bush-praises-obamas-expansion-of-surveillance-state-congressman-massie-says-hell-no-video/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:37:17 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=116136 Jeb Bush goes all in for the surveillance state that his brother gave birth to and Obama expanded. But Congressman Massie says the government's attack on privacy is destructive to the Republic and must be stopped.

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Jeb BushOne of the most glaring myths propagated by Washington — especially the two parties’ media loyalists — is that bipartisanship is basically impossible, that the two parties agree on so little, that they are constantly at each other’s throats over everything. As is so often the case for Washington partisan propaganda, the reality is exactly the opposite: from trade deals to Wall Street bailouts to a massive National Security and Penal State, the two parties are in full agreement on the bulk of the most significant D.C. policies (which is why the leading candidates of the two parties (from America’s two ruling royal families) will have the same funding base). But because policies that command the agreement of the two parties’ establishments are largely ignored by the D.C. press in favor of the issues where they have some disagreements, the illusion is created that they agree on nothing.

To illustrate how true this all is, consider the comments today of leading GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush. He appeared on Michael Medved’s conservative talk radio program, and was asked by the host what his favorite part of the Obama administration has been. His answer? As McClatchy’s Lesley Clark noted on Twitter, Bush hailed “Obama’s enhancement of NSA.” The audio was first posted by Ian Hanchett and is embedded below; here is the full transcript of the exchange:

Medved: If you were to look back at the last seven years, almost, what has been the best part of the Obama administration?

Jeb Bush: I would say the best part of the Obama administration would be his continuance of the protections of the homeland using the big metadata programs, the NSA being enhanced. Advancing this — even though he never defends it, even though he never openly admits it, there has been a continuation of a very important service, which is the first obligation, I think of our national government is to keep us safe. And the technologies that now can be applied to make that so, while protecting civil liberties are there. And he’s not abandoned them, even though there was some indication that he might.

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Michigan Priest Urges Parishioners to Arm Themselves Against an Increasingly Dangerous Society http://joemiller.us/2015/04/michigan-priest-urges-parishioners-to-arm-themselves-against-an-increasingly-dangerous-society/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/michigan-priest-urges-parishioners-to-arm-themselves-against-an-increasingly-dangerous-society/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:28:43 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=116111 A Catholic priest from Ann Arbor, Michigan, recently encouraged his flock to arm themselves against worldly dangers via concealed carry because, “We’re not in Mayberry anymore, Toto.”

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A Catholic priest from Ann Arbor, Michigan, recently encouraged his flock to arm themselves against worldly dangers via concealed carry because, “We’re not in Mayberry anymore, Toto.”

The Rev. Edward Fride announced during a sermon at Christ the King church last month that the parish would be sponsoring classes to help parishioners earn concealed carry permits in response to an uptick in crime in the area.

Fride sent a letter to parishioners using “a bad mix of two entertainment references” to explain why the church is encouraging concealed carry after some churchgoers questioned the religious merit of holding the classes.

From the letter:

Mayberry was a fictitious, idyllic rural American city in which the public safety needs were met by a kind-hearted sheriff and a clueless but well-intentioned deputy. The only “threat” to public safety was a bumbling, genial ne’er-do-well who was so accustomed to staying in jail that he had his own cell, which was never locked. The show, The Andy Griffith Show, was so popular that it had two spin offs, Mayberry RFD and Gomer Pyle, USMC. It was popular because it showed a kind of life that everybody wished were true, no threats, everything is fine, everybody’s perfectly safe, etc. There is no crisis that cannot be solved by hugs and Aunt Bea’s cooking. The “Toto” reference is to a famous line from The Wizard of Oz in which Dorothy, who comes from a rural Kansas version of Mayberry, but suddenly finds herself in a dangerous environment of witches, deadly flying monkeys, (I still have nightmares about those wretched and heinous beasts!) and real threats to her life. She begins to comprehend this and says to her cute dog: “We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto!” It is very common for Christians to simply assume that they live in Mayberry, trusting that because they know the Lord Jesus, everything will always be fine and nothing bad can happen to them and their families. Those who have followed the Lord Jesus for more than 20 minutes, however, have often experienced first-hand that the reality of living in a fallen universe can be very different. How to balance faith, reality, prudence, and trust is one of those critical questions that we struggle with all our lives. Pretending we are in Mayberry, while we are clearly not, can have very negative consequences for ourselves and those we love, especially those we have a responsibility to protect. If we are not in Mayberry, is there a real threat?

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Welcome to the New GOP Majority [+video] http://joemiller.us/2015/04/welcome-to-the-new-gop-majority-video/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/welcome-to-the-new-gop-majority-video/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:28:33 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=116095 Senate Republicans have voted with Obama more than 50% since the beginning of the new Congress – more than they did while serving in the minority. But that's not the worst of it . . .

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Reid McConnell APYesterday, I cited a Congressional Quarterly analysis showing that Senate Republicans have voted with Obama more than 50% since the beginning of the new Congress – more than they did while serving in the minority. But there’s more to the story. It’s not just the fact that Republicans are voting with Obama, it’s that they have deliberately ceded structural control of the chamber to Democrats.

Typically, the majority party will manipulate the floor process to block initiatives from the minority party and vote on wedge issues favorable to their side – ones that embarrass those in the minority. As such, even if the majority party lacks the votes to overcome a filibuster and pass the legislation, they can use the amendment process on the bill to shame the minority and draw sharp contrasts in the hopes of winning the next election. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) was the ultimate master at pursuing Obama’s agenda while blocking all Republican amendments.

Now that Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is in control of the floor process, nothing has changed. They are pursuing Obama’s agenda – while blocking many Republican amendments!

McConnell and right-hand man at the negotiation table, Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX), made it clear from day one that they would not block the nomination of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General as a means of leveraging against Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty. Not only does Lynch support Obama’s illegal amnesty, she expressed her belief that all residents of the world have the right to come here and work, irrespective of how they arrived. She is going to be our chief law enforcement officer.

Ironically, the only thing that prompted Republicans to block Lynch from a floor vote was Democrat intransigence against a pet bill of Sen. John Cornyn on human trafficking. The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (S. 178), among other things, strengthens law enforcement tools for prosecuting human trafficking violations and requires those convicted of trafficking to pay a $5,000 penalty in addition to criminal charges. The funds would be used to set up programs supporting victims of sex offenses and human trafficking. Yet, Democrats held it up for over a month because it didn’t sufficiently fund abortion.

Now that the much-vaunted bipartisan bargain on the trafficking bill was struck, Republicans have set up a floor vote on Lynch. But the payment of Democrat ransom runs much deeper than just the vote to confirm Lynch.

Sen. Sessions (R-AL) proposed an amendment to fix a major loophole in the bill. Anyone bestowed with common sense understands that illegal immigration and our porous border is a big driver of human trafficking. Page 48 of this bill conveniently exempted those who traffic family members from paying the $5,000 penalty to the victims fund. It’s well known that many illegal aliens traffic their own family members. Yet, the bill passed without a vote on the Sessions amendment, which would have eliminated this politically-motivated loophole.

Several weeks ago, we reported that Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) filed an amendment to this bill fixing the loopholes of birthright citizenship and birth tourism. Not only is this one of the most important magnets for illegal immigration, it is a key factor in encouraging young pregnant women to come here illegally. They are naturally exploited by human traffickers. As with the Sessions amendment, this would have been quite germane to the underlying subject matter in the bill. Yet, it did not receive a vote.

So what did receive a vote?

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) got a vote on his sexual identity amendment, which as Heritage Action points out, would grant the federal government license “to discriminate against faith-based organizations that currently form the backbone of the nation’s social services” if they don’t share the same religious beliefs on sexual identity as the far left. 10 Republicans, including presidential candidate Rand Paul (R-KY) voted for the amendment, but it failed to garner 60 votes.

Let’s put aside the fact that Republicans control the Senate and should always favor their own amendments. Ask yourselves this question: which amendments would more effectively fight human trafficking – the Sessions and Vitter amendments targeting the actual culprits or the Leahy social issue amendment?

But GOP leadership would rather not answer that question. Now Republicans can move on to more important matters like confirming Loretta Lynch.

The perverse cycle of protecting Democrats and blocking conservatives will continue. Next week, they will bring the Corker-Cardin Democrat loincloth bill on Iran to the floor. This entire bill is designed to protect Democrats from their commitment to bring back sanctions on Iran. Yet, leadership will do everything in their power to prevent conservatives from strengthening this bill.

Even George Orwell would be impressed by the faux opposition McConnell and Co. are orchestrating against Obama. (See “Welcome to the New GOP Majority”, originally posted HERE)

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Record 51 Million Immigrants in 8 Years, Will Account for 82% of U.S. Growth [+video] http://joemiller.us/2015/04/record-51-million-immigrants-in-8-years-will-account-for-82-of-u-s-growth-video/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/record-51-million-immigrants-in-8-years-will-account-for-82-of-u-s-growth-video/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:28:21 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=116099 Legal and illegal immigrants will hit a record high of 51 million in just eight years and eventually account for an astounding 82 percent of all population growth in America.

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w200-9b0df68d46b8b4dbd7ead22c97c3052dLegal and illegal immigrants will hit a record high of 51 million in just eight years and eventually account for an astounding 82 percent of all population growth in America, according to new U.S. Census figures.

A report from the Center for Immigration Studies that analyzed the statistics said that by 2023, one in seven U.S. residents will be an immigrant, rising to one in five by 2060 when the immigrant population totals 78 million.

The report was provided to Secrets and released Wednesday evening.

The surge in immigrant population, both legal and illegal, threatens to slam into the presidential campaign as GOP candidates move to figure out what their position is and the president tries to use executive powers to exempt some 5 million illegals from deportation.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker disrupted the debate this week when he said that legal immigration also needs to be reformed to make sure Americans don’t suffer by losing jobs to new citizens. (Read more from “Record 51 Million Immigrants in 8 Years, Will Account for 82% of U.S. Growth” HERE)

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No Surprise: Facebook DOES Collect the Text You Don’t Post http://joemiller.us/2015/04/no-surprise-facebook-does-collect-the-text-you-dont-post/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/no-surprise-facebook-does-collect-the-text-you-dont-post/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:28:09 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=116129 Facebook collects all content that is typed into its website, even if it is not posted, a tech consultant has discovered.

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Facebook collects all content that is typed into its website, even if it is not posted, a tech consultant has discovered.

In December 2013, it was reported that Facebook plants code in browsers that returns metadata every time somebody types out a status update or comment but deletes it before posting.

At the time, Facebook maintained that it only received information indicating whether somebody had deleted an update or comment before posting it, and not exactly what the text said.

However, Príomh Ó hÚigínn, a tech consultant based in Ireland, has claimed this is not the case after inspecting Facebook’s network traffic through a developer tool and screencasting software.

‘I realised that any text I put into the status update box was sent to Facebook’s servers, even if I did not click the post button,’ he wrote on his blog yesterday. (Read more from “No Surprise: Facebook DOES Collect the Text You Don’t Post” HERE)

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On Same-Sex Marriage, Are Christians No Better Than Racists? [+video] http://joemiller.us/2015/04/on-same-sex-marriage-are-christians-no-better-than-racists-video/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/on-same-sex-marriage-are-christians-no-better-than-racists-video/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:27:57 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=116088 Christian defenders of biblical sexual morality stand at the tipping point. Will our faith be consigned to the same medical waste dumpster as eugenics and racism?

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Christian defenders of biblical sexual morality stand at the tipping point. Will our faith be consigned to the same medical waste dumpster as eugenics and racism? Both of those ideologies once held sway over elites and the masses alike, but public campaigns by highly motivated groups dismantled their arguments and shamed their defenders into silence and obscurity. And rightly so.

Should Christianity follow them into the trash bin? Even should the faith deserve to prevail, will it be crushed in America anyway? We can’t count on the sheer numbers of self-professed Christians in America to save biblical morality from being pathologized and punished. People change their minds, especially when they’re being kicked in the head, or slyly seduced. As Soviet interrogators learned, most effective of all is to alternate threats and bribes. Resist, and you’ll be locked out with the bigots and psychopaths. Collaborate, and all the really cool people will praise you. Exorcists report that they get the same treatment from the hostile spirits they try to expel: a constant switcheroo between buttering up and bullying.

It’s gruelingly hard to keep the faith when the most prestigious voices in the culture are all chanting the same slogans, backed up by the coercive power of the government, the financial weight of billion-dollar companies, and the new shaming mechanisms of social media. Muslims ground down the once-mighty churches of North Africa not so much by massacre as by degrading social restrictions and heavy taxes on “dhimmis.”

If we do intend to stand firm, we need to counter the opposing argument at its heart, which is simply this: Gay people have the right to form erotic relationships and receive the exact same public recognition and endorsement in same-sex relationships that people do through opposite-sex marriage. If you oppose that, you’re being as irrational and evil as Americans who opposed interracial marriage and imposed Jim Crow laws to prevent “race-mixing.”

In an April 3 column, Jonah Goldberg did a fine job of explaining how religious freedom laws are not remotely comparable to legal segregation. But he didn’t touch the central question, which is the “problem” those segregation laws were intended to solve. And that was “miscegenation,” or race-mixing. It was that, much more than black political power or economic advancement, which racists considered the ultimate threat to the “white community.” (The irony that most mixing of the races occurred when white masters raped black female slaves was almost entirely repressed.)

I finished a Ph.D. in English that focused on Southern literature, and saw in detail how much of it is shot through with the profound anxieties of Southern whites about the sexual power and reproductive activities of non-whites, especially black men — and the fear that white women might find their vigor irresistible. From D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation to William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom, and Allen Tate’s The Fathers, you feel the ripples from this deep-seated cultural superstition.

Laws prohibiting interracial marriage were among the first that whites imposed after Reconstruction ended, and they were often the last repealed. If you read the demagogic rhetoric of white racist leaders from decades past, you’ll see incessant references to the “honor of Southern womanhood,” and “female chastity.”

Racist theory posited that black men had primordial sexual power, insatiable desires, and an animal allure which must be controlled through violence — through laws that rendered it criminal for black men even to speak to white women, and through lynch mobs that often hanged black men without trial. An imaginary epidemic of black men raping white women provoked a genuine plague of lynching across the country — and “respectable” Southern Democratic senators fought anti-lynching laws tooth and nail. A key reason for segregating public schools and swimming pools was to keep white girls and women “safe.”

This is the background of Jim Crow laws, and the basis for the comparison between conservative Christians today and yesterday’s segregationists. Because this much is true: There are couples who want marriage licenses, which we don’t think should be granted. Thus far the parallel holds.

Now before hyperventilating here because this appears to prove gay activists’ case, remember that almost everyone still agrees that the state must pick and choose which kinds of relationship contracts it will ratify and enforce. Here is a short list of sexual relationships which states refuse to grant official status:

1. Covenant marriages. In most states, there is no provision for people (for instance, Christians) who wish to make their marriage indissoluble, or less dissoluble than no-fault divorce laws make every marriage nowadays. You might write such a contract, but the state will refuse to enforce it.

2. Polygamous unions. Saudi princes who bring their harems here will have to pick just a single wife to enjoy that legal status. Mormons who wish to revive their ancestors’ practice can face arrest for trying it.

3. Incestuous unions. Brothers still can’t marry their sisters, or fathers their grown-up daughters.

4. Sadomasochist contracts. You might decide that you’re somebody’s “slave,” and sign a contract to that effect, but the 13th Amendment prevents the state from enforcing it.

I could go on into even more lurid territory, but you get the idea. The state protects the common good, and the interests of children, and sometimes decides that these outweigh the wishes of consenting adults. This is a point that Rick Santorum made ten years ago, and was brutally cyberstalked and vilified for daring to mention — a sure sign that he had grasped the nub of the issue.

Christians don’t oppose same sex “marriages” because we think that they are less ideal than heterosexual unions, or tacky or icky or gross. We think that they are impossible. By the very nature of what it means to be human, people of the same sex simply cannot marry, any more than they can sprout wings and fly. To say so is not to commit hate speech against either birds or human beings. It is simply and starkly a fact.

The state already is, and needs to be, in the business of deciding which marriage contracts to enforce or prohibit — just as it decides which employment contracts are legal, forbidding wages below the legal minimum, for instance. The only deciding question here is this: Are the grounds for not equating same-sex relationship with natural marriage rational and grounded in solid arguments about the nature of man and society? Or are they based on pseudo-science that’s covering up for irrational hatred or contempt?

In Part Two, I will do a side-by-side contrast between the spurious arguments used to oppose marriages that dared to mix the races, and those that insist that a real marriage must mix the sexes. (See “On Same-Sex Marriage, Are Christians No Better Than Racists?”, originally posted HERE)

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Obama’s Executive Action Rollouts Increasing in Pace http://joemiller.us/2015/04/obamas-executive-action-rollouts-increasing-in-pace/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/obamas-executive-action-rollouts-increasing-in-pace/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:27:29 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=116080 As President Obama stood in an Everglades swamp to speak on climate change Wednesday, the White House - in its typical lawless fashion - rolled out a package of eight executive actions.

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MBy Gregory Korte. As President Obama stood in an Everglades swamp to speak on climate change Wednesday, the White House rolled out a package of eight executive actions, implemented by seven government agencies, to “protect the people and places that climate change puts at risk.”

The announcement contained no executive orders, sweeping directives, legislative proposals or bill signings.

Instead, the actions include smaller-bore staples of a “pen-and-phone” strategy that shows no sign of letting up: a report on the value of parks to the environment, a proclamation declaring National Parks Week, and conservation efforts in Florida, Hawaii, Puget Sound and the Great Lakes.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the actions were an effort to deal with the impacts of climate change “even in the face of pretty significant opposition from Republicans in Congress.”

Indeed, the actions have a political component, part of a White House strategy to work around Congress and force Republicans to respond to the president’s agenda. (Read more from “Obama’s Executive Action Rollouts Increasing in Pace” HERE)

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Could Obama’s Everglades Stop Hurt the Everglades?

By Michael Grunwald. President Bill Clinton had just launched an $8 billion effort to save the dying Florida Everglades, the biggest ecosystem restoration project ever. Now he was gabbing in the Oval Office with two Senate aides, gushing about the bill he had signed. “That was great,” he exulted. “The Everglades is great!” But after some happy chitchat about panthers, gators and the politics of the swamp, Clinton got serious. Your generation’s challenge, he told the young staffers, will be global warming.

At the time, it barely registered as a green priority, but the seas were already rising. “If you don’t do something about climate change,” Clinton said, “your Everglades is going to be underwater.”

This Earth Day afternoon, President Barack Obama will visit Everglades National Park to use the iconic wetland as a symbol of the climate threat Clinton first flagged 15 years ago. The Everglades is about as flat and low-lying as a landscape can get; the park has a sign identifying “Rock Reef Pass: Elevation 3 Feet.” The freshwater ecosystem is also surrounded by saltwater seas and estuaries, which scientists believe are rising six to 10 times faster than the average over the past 3,000 years. Obama will argue that climate change threatens not only this unique natural jewel but also South Florida’s lucrative ecotourism industry, as well as underground aquifers that provide drinking water for 7 million people. (Read more from this story HERE)

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The Terrible Failure of the Secular Gospel http://joemiller.us/2015/04/the-terrible-failure-of-the-secular-gospel/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/the-terrible-failure-of-the-secular-gospel/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:26:22 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=115986 Years ago, a German theologian outlined the nature of secularism and how it threatened the church, also explaining how the church should not respond to the challenge. It’s clear that many of our pastors and leaders have done the opposite of what he counseled, and we are paying the price for it today.

The Terrible Failure of the Secular Gospel

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Almost 20 years ago, the journal First Things published an article by a famous German theologian named Wolfhart Pannenberg titled “How to Think About Secularism.” In the article, Pannenberg outlined the nature of secularism and how it threatened the church, also explaining how the church should not respond to the challenge.

Looking back, it’s clear that many of our pastors and leaders have done the opposite of what he counseled, and we are paying the price for it today.

Pannenberg himself was orthodox in some of his beliefs and unorthodox in others, but I’m focusing here on his observations about secularism rather than his overall theology.

Tracing today’s Western secularism back to the 17th century, he wrote, “A public climate of secularism undermines the confidence of Christians in the truth of what they believe.” So it’s not just a matter of Christians becoming worldly and materialistic. Instead, the secular climate undermines our confidence in the truthfulness of the gospel.

At the same time, Pannenberg writes, “In a secular milieu, even an elementary knowledge of Christianity, ‘its history, teachings, sacred texts, and formative figures’ dwindles. It is no longer a matter of rejecting Christian teachings; large numbers of people have not the vaguest knowledge of what those teachings are.” (He is quoting the sociologist Peter L. Berger.)

This is exactly what we see today in America and Europe, where a large percentage of the population is completely ignorant of the fundamentals of the faith. Is it any wonder, then, that we find ourselves in such a moral and spiritual tailspin?

Only the Beginning

But this is only the beginning. As Pannenberg notes, “The more widespread the ignorance of Christianity, the greater the prejudice against Christianity,” and when people do search for spiritual truth, they seek out alternative religions instead.

Is this not an accurate description of our nation today, with widespread ignorance of the gospel leading to an increasing hostility to the gospel, and with the assumption that true spirituality must be found in another faith or outside of any particular faith?

Truth itself is under attack, as Pannenberg wrote with almost prophetic accuracy: “In the view of many, including many Christians, Christian doctrines are merely opinions that may or may not be affirmed according to individual preference, or depending on whether they speak to personally felt needs. . . . Missionary proclamation was once understood as bringing the truth to others, and was therefore both legitimate and extremely important. For many today, the missionary enterprise is a matter of imposing our personal preferences and culturally conditioned prejudices upon others, and is therefore not only illegitimate but morally offensive.”

“How dare you impose your religion on us!” shouts the world to us incessantly. That’s why, as Pannenberg explains, the “destruction of [the very idea of truth] is key to legitimating a secularist culture, since the idea of truth touches on secularism’s greatest vulnerability.”

How then should we respond to the crisis of secularism? What did Pannenberg counsel? Read these words carefully, and then ask yourself if we have followed his counsel or if we have done the exact opposite:

The absolutely worst way to respond to the challenge of secularism is to adapt to secular standards in language, thought, and way of life. If members of a secularist society turn to religion at all, they do so because they are looking for something other than what that culture already provides. It is counterproductive to offer them religion in a secular mode that is carefully trimmed in order not to offend their secular sensibilities.

He has hit the bull’s eye with his analysis. But there’s more: “What people look for in religion is a plausible alternative, or at least a complement, to life in a secularist society. Religion that is ‘more of the same’ is not likely to be very interesting.”

To be clear, Pannenberg stressed that he was not arguing for “dead traditionalism,” noting that “[t]he old-fashioned ways of doing things in the churches may include elements that are insufferably boring and empty of meaning.” Rather, “Christianity proposed as an alternative or complement to life in a secularist society must be both vibrant and plausible. Above all, it must be substantively different and propose a difference in how people live.”

Something Radically Different

In other words, we must show the world something radically different. We must call the lost into something radically different. We must live lives that are truly different, characterized by the radical, wonderful nature of the gospel and the radical, wonderful new life we experience in Jesus.

Unfortunately, when we try to accommodate our message and method to the secular society, and “when the offending edges are removed, people are invited to suspect that the clergy do not really believe anything so very distinctive.”

Why should people listen to us if our message and lives are just like theirs? If we are just like the world, what are we calling the world to? We hurt and bleed like everyone else, and we deal with the same problems everyone deals with, but our message really does bring transformation.

That means that “[t]he plausible and persuasive presentation of Christian distinctives is not a matter of marketing. It is a matter of what the churches owe to people in our secularist societies: the proclamation of the risen Christ, the joyful evidence of new life in Christ, of life that overcomes death.” And while stating that “Authentic Christian teaching appropriates all that is valid in the secularist culture,” Pannenberg emphasizes that it does so while taking hold of and proclaiming the very truths that the secularist society neglects or even disdains.

Sadly, many of our American pastors have gone in the opposite direction, and as things have declined in our churches, they have reaffirmed their error rather than corrected it. In short, they followed a worldly philosophy of accommodation (which is very different than wise, Spirit-led cultural sensitivity), but rather than this bringing a wave of renewal, salvation and discipleship, it brought more spiritual decline in the form of superficiality and compromise.

Then, as these leaders continued to survey the spiritual landscape, looking at the defection of so many young people from the church and the increasing hostility towards Christianity in our society, rather than recognizing that the real problem was lack of deep commitment to the radical claims of Jesus, they watered down the message even more, removing the offensive edges, lowering the requirements and emphasizing what is trending more than what is truthful.

The Floodgates of Apostasy

Now, the floodgates of apostasy have opened wide, and yet so many leaders still do not recognize what has happened, continuing to put the blame in the wrong place.

Yes, by all means, let us be sensitive and compassionate in our outreach to the lost, and let us with humility give ourselves to bless this dying world, living as servants rather than as those who are “holier than thou.” But let us not accommodate the gospel to secularism. Instead, let us show how totally different and other the gospel is, how dramatically transformative new life in Jesus is, and how it is absolutely worth it to know him and follow him to the point that we joyfully swim against the tide of a very worldly world, having exactly what this society so desperately needs.

Then, empowered by the Spirit as we proclaim the truth and live the truth, we will change the world rather than the world changing us. (See “The Terrible Failure of the Secular Gospel”, originally posted HERE)

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Business Refusing Homosexuals Targeted by Vandals http://joemiller.us/2015/04/business-refusing-homosexuals-targeted-by-vandals/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/business-refusing-homosexuals-targeted-by-vandals/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:24:43 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=116125 A Michigan business owner who sparked controversy by posting opinions on Facebook about refusing to serve homosexuals has been the target of vandalism.

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Michigan business owner who sparked controversy by posting opinions on Facebook about refusing to serve certain groups, including gay customers, has been the target of vandalism.

Last week, Dieseltec owner Brian Klawiter made headlines when he posted that he would refuse to provide service to openly gay customers.

“I would not hesitate to refuse service to an openly gay person or persons. Homosexuality is wrong, period. If you want to argue this fact with me then I will put your vehicle together with all bolts and no nuts and you can see how that works,” he wrote on Facebook on April 14.

Overnight Tuesday, graffiti was sprayed on the Grandville, Mich., building reading, “I (heart) nuts.”

Klawiter posted other photos on his business Facebook page showing a red pick-up truck with the words “bash back” sprayed on the windshield and a garage door. Other photos showed a rock thrown through a window. (Read more from “Business Refusing Homosexuals Targeted by Vandals” HERE)

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Scientific First: Chinese Genetically Modify Human Embryos http://joemiller.us/2015/04/scientific-first-chinese-genetically-modify-human-embryos/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/scientific-first-chinese-genetically-modify-human-embryos/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:22:29 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=116084 In a world first, Chinese scientists have reported editing the genomes of human embryos. For ethicists, this raises a number of troubling issues.

Scientific First: Chinese Genetically Modify Human Embryos

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In a world first, Chinese scientists have reported editing the genomes of human embryos. The results are published1 in the online journal Protein & Cell and confirm widespread rumours that such experiments had been conducted—rumours that sparked a high-profile debate last month2, 3 about the ethical implications of such work.

In the paper, researchers led by Junjiu Huang, a gene-function researcher at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, tried to head off such concerns by using ‘non-viable’ embryos, which cannot result in a live birth, that were obtained from local fertility clinics. The team attempted to modify the gene responsible for β-thalassaemia, a potentially fatal blood disorder, using a gene-editing technique known as CRISPR/Cas9. The researchers say that their results reveal serious obstacles to using the method in medical applications.

“I believe this is the first report of CRISPR/Cas9 applied to human pre-implantation embryos and as such the study is a landmark, as well as a cautionary tale,” says George Daley, a stem-cell biologist at Harvard Medical School in Boston. “Their study should be a stern warning to any practitioner who thinks the technology is ready for testing to eradicate disease genes.”

Some say that gene editing in embryos could have a bright future because it could eradicate devastating genetic diseases before a baby is born. Others say that such work crosses an ethical line: researchers warned in Nature2 in March that because the genetic changes to embryos, known as germline modification, are heritable, they could have an unpredictable effect on future generations. Researchers have also expressed concerns that any gene-editing research on human embryos could be a slippery slope towards unsafe or unethical uses of the technique.

The paper by Huang’s team looks set to reignite the debate on human-embryo editing — and there are reports that other groups in China are also experimenting on human embryos. (Read more from “Chinese Scientists Genetically Modify Human Embryos” HERE)

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U.S. Marshal Snatches, Smashes Bystander’s Phone [+video] http://joemiller.us/2015/04/u-s-marshal-snatches-smashes-bystanders-phone-video/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/u-s-marshal-snatches-smashes-bystanders-phone-video/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:20:16 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=116076 The U.S. Marshals Service has launched an investigation into one of its agents who appears to be captured on video ripping a cell phone from the hands of a bystander who was trying to film him in the street while he did this.

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smashedThe U.S. Marshals Service has launched an investigation into one of its agents who appears to be captured on video ripping a cell phone from the hands of a bystander who was trying to film him in the street while he responded to gang activity.

The video also seems to show the agent throwing the phone to the ground.

Gawker reported agents with the Marshals Service were investigating some activity of a biker gang near a California home, and a nearby woman started videotaping the scene on her cell phone.

The agent then snatched the phone from the woman’s hands and smashed it to the ground, the video shows.

“We’ve had incidents where people have videotaped us and it requires unbelievable restraint. Typically during times where things can be a little chaotic,” said South gate police Capt. Darren Aerakawa, to the Los Angeles Times. “We really have to convey we’re living in a different environment now where police action is scrutized and a lot of video is surfacing. We simply tell our officers to assume they’re being recorded out in public at all times.” (Read more from “U.S. Marshal Snatches, Smashes Bystander’s Phone” HERE)

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‘Lunch Lady’ Lobby Joins GOP to Fight Obama’s School Lunch Rules http://joemiller.us/2015/04/lunch-lady-lobby-joins-gop-to-fight-obamas-school-lunch-rules/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/lunch-lady-lobby-joins-gop-to-fight-obamas-school-lunch-rules/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:20:01 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=116121 A school system's nutritional director finds there's one advocate for healthy food whose demands she just can't meet — Michelle Obama.

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In the farm-to-fork-crazed city of Portland, Ore., campus gardens supply public school cafeterias and food service workers seek out chicken free of antibiotics.

But the school system’s nutritional director finds there’s one advocate for healthy food whose demands she just can’t meet — Michelle Obama.

“We have tried every noodle that is out there,” said Gitta Grether-Sweeney, the Portland nutritional director who says she is exasperated by the federal school lunch rules the first lady champions. “Whole-wheat noodles just don’t work in lasagna. We are having to go lawless to use regular pasta.”

The locally sourced macaroni and cheese the schools had been serving turned to mush when it was made with whole-grain macaroni to meet the new rules, Grether-Sweeney said.

That once-popular meal is now off the menu. So too are wraps, which she says won’t hold together with the brittle wheat tortillas she now must use. Many fewer meals are getting sold at school, she said. (Read more from “‘Lunch Lady’ Lobby Joins GOP to Fight Obama’s School Lunch Rules” HERE)

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Teen Bitten by Water Moccasin He Kept on His Bed http://joemiller.us/2015/04/teen-bitten-by-water-moccasin-he-kept-on-his-bed/ http://joemiller.us/2015/04/teen-bitten-by-water-moccasin-he-kept-on-his-bed/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:17:31 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=116068 A Florida teen took his love of snakes a little too far last weekend when the venomous water moccasin he kept in a pillowcase on his bed escaped and bit him on the lip.

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A Florida teen took his love of snakes a little too far last weekend when the venomous water moccasin he kept in a pillowcase on his bed escaped and bit him on the lip.

Austin Hatfield, 18, is recovering from extreme swelling at a Tampa hospital, still too sick to talk to officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission who want to know more about his capturing snakes without a permit.

Hatfield caught the pit viper – also known as a cottonmouth – last week and kept it in his room, bragging to friend he had kissed the serpent.

“He kisses it right on the head. Right on the mouth. He’s not afraid of death,” said Hatfield’s best friend, Jason Belcher.

That all changed over the weekend when the snake escaped from its pillowcase, slithered across Hatfield’s stomach and onto the floor, reported the Tampa Tribune. It struck when Hatfield tried to recapture it. (Read more from “Teen Bitten by Water Moccasin He Kept on His Bed” HERE)

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