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Stunner! California governor protects religious institutions
Jerry BrownJerry Brown In a decision surprising to many, the governor of far-left California has supported the right of religious institutions to exercise their faith in hiring decisions. California recently became a “sanctuary state” that ignores federal immigration laws, has led the fight against traditional marriage and, among many other legislative measures, restricted the right of Christian counselors to help overcome same-sex attraction. But now Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed AB 569, a bill that would restrict the freedom of religious institutions to make hiring decisions consistent with their beliefs. Brown returned the bill without his signature, explaining to the legislature that it conflicts with the state’s Fair Employment and Housing Act, which has an exception for religious institutions. Read the tested and proven strategies to defeat the abortion cartel, in “Abortion Free: Your Manual for Building a Pro-Life America One Community at a Time.” Pacific Justice Institute, which opposed the bill, would have filed a lawsuit if Brown signed the bill. “We are relieved that Gov. Brown chose not to extend choking state prohibitions into sacrosanct areas of religious life and ministry,” said PJI President Brad Dacus. “It is essential that churches, ministries and religious schools continue to have the freedom to expect employees to practice what is preached.” He said the bill “would have ... read more
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8 reasons ‘transgenderism’ is politics, not science
Somebody has to state the obvious when it comes to the political agenda of “transgenderism.” There’s no science behind it. There’s no common sense behind it. There’s no morality behind it. Yet, our society has embraced the idea of allowing gender-confused small children to determine for themselves whether they are boys or girls and want to choose chemical castration and/or sterilization – ignoring the dire medical and health risks such procedures pose. That’s why I appreciate Dr. Michelle Cretella, president of the American College of Pediatricians, for speaking out boldly against the advance of political correctness and for sound medical practices. “Chemical castration is what you’re doing when you put any biologically normal child on puberty blockers,” she said recently. “It’s treating puberty like a disease, arresting a normal process which is critical to normal development and bad for kids.” I’m not a doctor, but this seems like simple common sense to me. What about you? She continues: “Sterilization: not good for kids. Prepping them for what will likely result in a case in girls a double mastectomy at 16 – not how you treat depression or anxiety, and I have plenty of experience treating teenagers with depression, anxiety, even ... read more
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The 1st world war was earlier than you may think
"Surrender of General Burgoyne" by John Trumbull“Surrender of General Burgoyne” by John Trumbull Her beautiful, long hair was scalped off her head by Indians after she was shot. This was the fate of Jane McCrea, whose loyalist fiancé David Jones had only weeks earlier joined British General “Gentleman Johnny” Burgoyne. General Burgoyne was marching in June of 1777 with 7,000 British and Hessian troops from Canada to Albany, New York. General William Howe was supposed to be marching up from New York City to Albany in a “divide and conquer” entrapment plan. Instead, General Howe abandoned the plan and left to capture Philadelphia, the capital of the United States, as in European warfare if an enemy’s capital was captured the war would immediately end. British General Burgoyne recaptured Fort Ticonderoga, and in August of 1777 sent 500 Hessian troops to capture an American supply depot in Bennington, Vermont. To his surprise, American General John Stark surrounded and captured them. American General Philip Schuyler’s Army of 1,000 men along the Mohawk River was blocking Burgoyne’s route to Albany. British General Barry Saint Leger was sent to scatter them. St. Leger set an ambush for the Americans coming to reinforce Fort Stanwix, but met bloody resistance at the ... read more
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This day in WND history: Ted Kennedy tries water rescue
The late Sen. Ted Kennedy (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)The late Sen. Ted Kennedy (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) The late Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass.The late Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass. Ahoy! Ted Kennedy tries water rescue Oct. 17, 2005: The late-Sen. Ted Kennedy, who had been dogged by criticism since a 1969 car accident in which his passenger drowned, tried to come to the aid of six men trapped by high tide on a jetty off Hyannisport, Massachusetts, though he eventually left the rescue to Hyannis firefighters. The Massachusetts Democrat was walking his two Portuguese waterdogs on the beach when he spotted the men cut off from the shore by rising waters. Hyannis Fire Capt. Craig Farrenkopf said Kennedy and a friend tried to retrieve the men in a 13-foot Whaler before they were forced back by rough waters. Shortly after the attempt, a crew from the fire department was able to pick up the men in their 20s in three trips and bring them back to shore. View the full story To see WND highlights from every calendar date, click here.Never miss another big story. Sign up for WND’s free email news alerts right now!   ... read more
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Culture’s good-is-evil-evil-is-good paradigm
We live in a zeitgeist in which good is scorned as evil and evil is heralded as good. It is a conundrum that while troubling to some is not perplexing to me. If a person is found to be abusing a dog or a cat he or she is decried and faces harsh reprimands. So sacrosanct is the protection of animals that a certain poultry company advertises that people should buy their products because of the care they give their chickens before they end up on your plate. Animal-rights zealots protest the treatment of hogs and cattle, calling for a caring environment before they are slaughtered and served as meals in our homes and restaurants. The so-called “women’s rights” groups are out en masse shrieking and caterwauling because the House of Representatives proposed the “inhumane and dare I say unconscionable” step of ending the murder of babies after 20 weeks. Planned Parenthood and the advocates of baby killing do not want it known that at 20 weeks a baby is fully developed – not that it matters, because said groups believe women should be allowed to murder their child up to the moment of birth. There are groups that argue ... read more
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10 Things to Know for Tuesday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:1. WHY TRUMP MAY WITHDRAW DRUG CZAR NOMINEEThe president may rethink his support of Republican Rep. Tom Marino amid reports the lawma ... read more
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The NFL deserves Kaepernick
How do you know the NFL isn’t filled with a bunch of “plantation mentality” owners? They let Colin Kaepernick go free. The NFL and Kaepernick are a match made in heaven, as far as I’m concerned. The Bleacher Report announced that the former 49ers quarterback hired high-powered attorney Mark Geragos to file a grievance lawsuit against the owners of the NFL for “collusion” under the latest collective bargaining agreement. Who didn’t see this coming? I stopped watching the NFL the moment the league allowed Kaepernick to get away with kneeling during our national anthem. I went through withdrawals initially, but today I couldn’t care less if I ever see another game. I’m glad to see so many others are finally following suit. In my case, it won’t be enough if the NFL decides to implement a rule that prevents players from kneeling during the anthem. I won’t watch until “social justice” is rooted out of the league, at least while we’re watching. What the players do outside of “work” is their own business, but when they’re on the job they have a duty to make their fans happy – via uniting us, entertaining us and giving us a place to ... read more
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Now Hillary’s against it — what more need I say?
Hillary Clinton recently announced her opposition to the 3 million-plus grass-roots activists seeking to use the Article V Convention of States process to reclaim their government. According to Clinton, this effort to invoke the states’ power to propose constitutional amendments limiting the feds is part of an “insidious right-wing agenda.” She thus joined the ranks of radical left-wing billionaire George Soros and some 230 socialist-leaning organizations on a mission to preclude the American people from implementing a constitutional solution to a constitutional crisis caused by an off-the-rails Washington establishment. What is so troubling about the radical left’s now-galvanized opposition to the Convention of States Project is that it exposes the depth of the chasm that lies between them and the rest of us – Democrats and Republicans – who still share a commitment to one of the most basic American values: self-governance. Everyone who’s paying attention can see that policies set by Washington are policies ordinary citizens have no real opportunity to influence. And everyone who’s paying attention can see that Washington has gone from being a government with a few, specific, enumerated powers, to being a super-government that controls policy-making in almost every conceivable way. The Convention of ... read more
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Teens Love the App TBH, so Facebook Is Buying TBH
You know what they say: If you can’t bring the teens to Facebook, just … buy the app where they’re all hanging out. Or something like that. On Monday, hit app TBH announced that Facebook is acquiring it. ... read more
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Have evangelical leaders become disciples of Trump?
A headline on the conservative RedState website announces, “Trump’s Cheap ‘Merry Christmas’ Christianity Continues To Sway Evangelicals.” Is this true? According to Kimberly Ross, “Last year, congregants at the Church of Trump stormed into polling places nationwide and voted a godless reality star into the highest office in the land.” But that was only the beginning. Since then, Ross claims, “It’s been crystal clear that too many evangelical Trump supporters have not only placed their political faith in the real estate magnate; they have become sold-out disciples for him. It seems as if, in their eyes, the GOP and Christianity are interchangeable.” What prompted Ross to pen this article now, in October 2017? It was President Trump’s appearance at FRC’s Values Voter’s Summit. He was the first sitting president to speak at this annual D.C. summit, and he received a thunderous response when he made clear that we would be saying, “Merry Christmas” again. In the words of Ross, “Home run! And the crowd … goes … wild.” Yes, “The proud, starry-eyed evangelicals who cast their ballot for the Christian-in-Chief believe Trump has miraculously brought faith back to the nation. “And that is all that matters.” Is Ross being fair? ... read more
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Hurricanes, floods, fires … and now a supervolcano threatens U.S.
Magma under YellowstoneMagma under Yellowstone The “supervolcano” at Yellowstone National Park has been hit by a swarm of hundreds of earthquakes in recent weeks. And now, there is more bad news from scientists – it could blow far sooner than anticipated. Evidence recently presented at a volcanism conference in Portland, Oregon, suggests the process which led to Yellowstone’s most recent supereruption developed far more quickly than experts had thought. Hannah Shamloo, a graduate student at Arizona State University, found fresh magma might have been injected under the supervolcano only decades before the eruption. The New York Times quoted Shamloo as observing, “It’s shocking how little time is required to take a volcanic system from being quiet and sitting there to the edge of an eruption,” though the graduate student also cautioned it is too early to identify a precise time scale. NASA recently garnered headlines when it unveiled a plan to stop the supervolcano by cooling it, siphoning off heat through drilling. Of course, some critics suggested the plan might inadvertently trigger the very thing the process was designed to avoid – a catastrophic eruption. Such an eruption, if and when it comes, could have apocalyptic ... read more
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NAFTA 2.0 must prevent theft of intellectual property
It now appears that Donald Trump’s intention regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement is to mend it, not end it. That’s good news, because the trade deal has been a stunning economic success for Canada, Mexico and the United States. Freer trade has meant steady increases in the volume of trade, greater competitiveness and lower prices. But as Trump’s negotiators craft a NAFTA 2.0 deal, some things need to be fixed to assure America’s continued commanding heights in technology and innovation. Intellectual property rights – patents, copyrights and so on – need to be better safeguarded. There have been abuses. In an unprecedented move, Canadian regulators recently ordered an American pharmaceutical company to lower the price of the company’s breakthrough treatment for a rare blood disorder. Canada is inventing new rules to avoid paying American pharmaceutical and technology companies for their innovations and inventions. This is also happening in Europe, where bureaucrats are trying to expropriate funds from American technology leaders, including Google, through bogus charges of monopoly activities. The Trump administration should vigorously repel these economic attacks against American companies. This is a very big deal for the American economy. Intellectual property is increasingly the lifeblood ... read more
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Is war with Iran now inevitable?
With his declaration Friday that the Iran nuclear deal is not in the national interest, President Donald Trump may have put us on the road to war with Iran. Indeed, it is easier to see the collisions that are coming than to see how we get off this road before the shooting starts. After “de-certifying” the nuclear agreement, signed by all five permanent members of the Security Council, Trump gave Congress 60 days to reimpose the sanctions that it lifted when Teheran signed. If Congress does not reimpose those sanctions and kill the deal, Trump threatens to kill it himself. Why? Did Iran violate the terms of the agreement? Almost no one argues that – not the U.N. nuclear inspectors, not our NATO allies, not even Trump’s national security team. Iran shipped all its 20 percent enriched uranium out of the country, shut down most of its centrifuges and allowed intrusive inspections of all nuclear facilities. Even before the deal, 17 U.S. intelligence agencies said they could find no evidence of an Iranian nuclear bomb program. Indeed, if Iran wanted a bomb, Iran would have had a bomb. She remains a non-nuclear-weapons state for ... read more
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Trump can’t hold a candle to Obama
(New York Times) — It must be cold and miserable standing in the shadow of someone greater and smarter, more loved and more admired. It must be infuriating to have risen on the wings of your derision of that person’s every decision, and even his very existence, and yet not be able to measure up — in either stratagem or efficacy — when you sit where that person once sat. This is the existence of Donald Trump in the wake of President Barack Obama. Trump can’t hold a candle to Obama, so he’s taking a tiki torch to Obama’s legacy. Trump can’t get his bad ideas through Congress, but he can use the power of the presidency to sabotage or even sink Obama’s signature deeds. In fact, if there is a defining feature of Trump as “president,” it is that he is in all ways the anti-Obama — not only on policy but also on matters of propriety and polish. While Obama was erudite, Trump is ignorant. Obama was civil, Trump is churlish. Obama was tactful, Trump is tacky. ... read more
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Senate Republicans gain moment on tax reform budget measure
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans on Monday gained crucial support for a vote on a budget resolution that is vital to President Donald Trump's hopes of signing sweeping tax reform legislation into law before January. PoliticsNews?d=yIl2AUoC8zA PoliticsNews?i=etOYjudHRO8:vsdQJvn9Y2k:F7zBnMyn0Lo PoliticsNews?i=etOYjudHRO8:vsdQJvn9Y2k:V_sGLiPBpWU ... read more
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