Story of the Week American Intolerance (below): Editor’s note. Americans have been appalled as extremists have worked to destroy the lives and careers of those with whom they disagree. Recent cases circulate around the attempts of Gay activists threatening to burn down a Pizza shop, bankrupt them or and posting porn on their website for merely saying they would prefer, as Christians, to not cater a gay wedding (while still being willing to serve anyone that came into their shop). The pluralism of America allows everyone to find services they want. But the extremists among us are pushing their agenda using brutal tactics of personal destruction that do not belong in America. Tolerance and co-existence, to these extremists, seem to be concepts that apply to everyone else except them. Fortunately, the $850,000 raised for Memories pizza in Indiana shows that Americans are rejecting these tactics – in favor of freedom of association and thought.
Rather than try to force people into their way of thinking, how about a little tolerance of deeply held religious convictions on marriage? Luckily, these extremists are merely part of a political machine and do not represent the majority of gay citizens. That is demonstrated by this quote from a gay women who donated to support Memories pizza as they were attacked by extremists recently:
“As a member of the gay community, I would like to apologize for the mean spirited attacks on you and your business. I know many gay individuals who fully support your right to stand up for your beliefs and run your business according to those beliefs. We are outraged at the level of hate and intolerance that has been directed at you and I sincerely hope that you are able to rebuild….“My girlfriend and I are small business owners, and we think there is a difference between operating in a public market space and then attaching the name of your business to a private event,” she said. “Like, if we were asked to set up at an anti-gay marriage rally, I mean, we would have to decline.”
Story of the Week.
American Thinker: The Brutality of Obama and the Left ” The telling contrast is that today’s left is dropping the cloak. It still pays lip service to compassion (toss in fairness and equality). But the modern left’s approach contains stridency, brazenness – open brutality… more of the naked iron fist. Barack Obama is a committed leftist working through his agenda to “transform” America. Washington Republicans do injury to the cause of liberty with timid language. That the president and the left bungle or misstep at times detracts little from their successes. In terms of advancing leftist aims, the Obama presidency is historic. Remaking America didn’t start with Obama. It won’t stop without him, either, unless the left is stopped, period.”
The Iran Deal and Its Consequences MUST READ article by Kissinger and Schultz! “Beyond stability, it is in America’s strategic interest to prevent the outbreak of nuclear war and its catastrophic consequences. Nuclear arms must not be permitted to turn into conventional weapons. The passions of the region allied with weapons of mass destruction may impel deepening American involvement. If the world is to be spared even worse turmoil, the U.S. must develop a strategic doctrine for the region. Stability requires an active American role. For Iran to be a valuable member of the international community, the prerequisite is that it accepts restraint on its ability to destabilize the Middle East and challenge the broader international order.”
Hillary Clinton’s Private Server A Foreign Spy Magnet “In all, this is a counterintelligence disaster of truly epic proportions since Clinton admitted she did not use higher-classification email systems at all” Schindler said- “we have to assume some bleed-over into her unsecured private email too, which makes this even worse. “She may have deleted 30,000 e-mails before turning her files over to the State Department, but that doesn’t mean that the Russians and the Chinese don’t have them,” said Van Cleave, former U.S. National Counterintelligence Executive. Others say that the potential damage to U.S. national security is so grave that the FBI should seize the server and conduct a forensic analysis to determine the extent of foreign penetration. That analysis would be part of what is called a damage assessment, which is routine after any suspected security breach.”
Obama Faces New Opposition from Congress, Jewish Voters, Jewish Democrats, and the American People over Iran Deal “Since the presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jewish Americans have been counted on to be loyal Democrats, but that might be beginning to change. As a result of the administration’s attacks on Israel’s prime minister, the very real threat that Iran poses towards Israel, and the backdrop of growing anti-Semitism in Europe, there seems to be a backlash…His words may have fooled Friedman, but others of us, like Dan Pipes, believe he is trying to make Iran into America’s partner, and to implement the kind of policy he promised to his pre-presidential friends, opponents of Israel such as Ali Abunimah, Rashid Khalidi, and Edward Said, friendships which, as Pipes writes, “point to the depth of his hostility to the Jewish state.”
How Russians hacked the White House – CNN.com “So many times, the Chinese and others get access to our systems just by pretending to be someone else and then asking for access, and someone gives it to them,” Clapper said.The ferocity of the Russian intrusions in recent months caught U.S. officials by surprise, leading to a reassessment of the cybersecurity threat as the U.S. and Russia increasingly confront each other over issues ranging from the Russian aggression in Ukraine to the U.S. military operations in Syria.The attacks on the State and White House systems is one reason why Clapper told a Senate hearing in February that the “Russian cyberthreat is more severe than we have previously assessed.” No surprises here!!
Why aren’t we hitting the Islamic State harder? “So we’re satisfied with a situation where we launched 12,000 sorties, when only one out of four actually dropped weapons?” McCain said incredulously. Why do the vast majority of strike missions against ISIS end with no strike? The larger problem is that the commander-in-chief has ordered that civilian casualties, unavoidable in a bombing campaign, be kept to such an absolute minimum that military commanders have had to stay away from significant ISIS targets. “That has produced these very restrictive rules of engagement where we have targets available but we’re not shooting those targets,” says Keane. It’s conventional wisdom that the fight against the ISIS cannot be won by air power alone. But it’s becoming clear U.S. pilots could make more progress than is being made now if they were allowed to do their jobs.”
Illegal immigrant children surge across border at highest rate since last summer’s peak Not surprised that there are thousands more illegals crossing our Southern borders? The Obama administration last year initially blamed bad economies and growing gang violence for sparking the surge, but later acknowledged that human traffickers were marketing the journey by pointing out a loophole in U.S. immigration system that requires non-Mexican children to be released into the U.S. while they await final immigration decisions.. “Cruz said the government isn’t adequately weeding out adults posing as minors or those with criminal records or gang ties, and isn’t fully vetting the relatives or other sponsors who house the children.“..and the department conducts little or no post-release monitoring raising many questions about the safety and security of minors that have been and will be released from your care,”
The Great Worker Shortage Must Read! “So why aren’t workers filling these available jobs–or getting the skills to fill them. First, government discourages work. Welfare consists of dozens of federal and state income support programs. A recent Census Bureau study found more than 100 million Americans collecting a government check or benefit each month… This should come as no surprise given the combination of the scaled back welfare work requirements and the steep phase-out of benefits as a recipient begins earning income…Fourth, a cultural bias against young adults working. The labor force participation rate is falling fastest among workers under 30 (see chart). Anytime a state tries to change laws to make it easier for teenagers to earn money, the left throws a tantrum about repealing child labor laws.
The Mask Slips on the Climate Scam Global warming, has always been about how to raise taxes and increase government spending!! “We’re always told that revenue from emissions trading or a carbon tax will be used for energy and climate change adaptation purposes. But Inslee has let the mask slip and made obvious that it is a lie. Liberal politicians especially are drooling for a carbon tax as a new revenue source. It isn’t going to be rebated to taxpayers. It isn’t going to be used as a bargaining chip for a decent tax reform. It’s going to be used to pay for more government goodies.”
The Real Reason College Tuition Costs So Much “..a major factor driving increasing costs is the constant expansion of university administration. According to the DEA data, administrative positions at colleges and universities grew 60 percent between 1993 and 2009,10 times the rate of growth of tenured faculty positions…a professor at CA Polytechnic University, found that, while the total number of full-time faculty members in the C.S.U. system grew from 11,614 to 12,019 between 1975 and 2008, the total number of administrators grew from 3,800 to 12,183 — a 221 percent increase… there are no valid arguments to support the .seven-figure salaries for high-ranking university administrators. What cannot be defended is the claim that tuition has risen because public funding for higher education has been cut…this claim flies directly in the face of the facts.”
Iran’s remarkable achievement “Given the months of hard negotiations ahead, the self-congratulatory tone of Obama’s speech announcing the agreement was extremely premature. “Depending on what we learn about critical details,” says Peter Feaver of Duke Univ, “this is not spiking in the end zone. It is spiking on the 5-yard line…Will Iran continue to hold U.S. policy in the Middle East hostage — causing the United States to hush its reactions to Iranian aggression for fear the regime will walk out of a nuclear deal? This is precisely what American friends in the region fear. The real test will be whether Obama can accompany a final nuclear agreement with a much more aggressive resistance to Iranian ambitions in places such as Syria, Iraq and Yemen. Otherwise, Iran will simply use the wealth that comes from lifted sanctions to cause more havoc.”
The End of History, Part II Must Read!! “No one worried much about the College Board having de facto power over curriculum until that organization released a detailed framework on which the AP tests on U.S. history will be based from 2015 onward. When educators ..and concerned citizens realized how many notable figures were missing and how negative was the view of American history presented, they spoke out forcefully. The response of the College Board was to release the sample exam that features Ronald Reagan as a warmonger.. On the multiple-choice part of the sample exam, there are 18 sections, and eight of them take up the oppression of women, blacks and immigrants. Knowing about the experiences of these groups is important but truth requires that accomplishment be recognized as well as oppression..”
‘Huge surge’ of ‘unscreened’ Muslims flooding U.S. “Muslim immigration from dangerous nations is dramatically higher in recent years, and government assurances that immigrants are being properly screened is “a farce,” according to accomplished author and columnist Paul Sperry.“It’s a huge surge under Obama. In the last three years, he’s averaged 100,000 new immigrants from Muslim nations a year. That is very alarming. It’s more than we’re importing both from Central America and Mexico combined…At the top levels of the administration, DHS and so forth, they claim that these refugees are being vetted,” Sperry said. “But it’s a complete farce. We know that from testimony from the FBI officials who are in charge of that type of vetting process for terrorists coming in under visas and these refugee programs.”
WESLEY PRUDEN: A deal with Iran built on lies “Everything about the so-called deal with Iran, including the reputations of the men who negotiated it, is a lie. It’s likely to be a deadly lie for millions of people who will die on account of it…The first lie is that an agreement for more talk is already “a deal.” So far the only agreement is to further pursue “a deal..Relief from sanctions, and an easily frustrated inspection scheme, is exactly what the mullahs in Tehran set out to achieve. The only price they pay is to cooperate to enable the leaders in the West to pretend they have accomplished something they haven’t.Once the final agreement is in place, the mullahs can proceed to do what they will say they are not doing, until their bomb is real and they can use it at will.”
Fooled Again: Why Do So Many American Converts to Islam Learn to Hate Their Home? This is a question that needs to be asked and answered!! “The Western intelligentsia believes that if Aqsa Mahmood’s parents move to Scotland, and Aqsa is born there, Aqsa will grow up Scottish, with Scottish values — and that if she doesn’t, it is the fault of Scottish authorities, who declined to allow him to assimilate because of their racism. The idea that Aqsa’s parents and other Muslims in Scotland might have had no interest in assimilating is not allowed to be discussed…And will there be an honest discussion in the mainstream media about the relationship between Muslims’ allegiance to Islam and loyalty to the non-Muslim states in which they reside? Inconceivable – and that means that Aqsa Mahmood and Hasan Edmonds will not be the last Muslims to turn against their country, any more than they were the first.”