The Founding Fathers in their wisdom made the "Separation of Powers" one of the pillars of American democracy. The US Constitution clearly and unequivocally stipulates that "All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives."
There have been historically a few cases when the Executive Power usurped the authority of the Legislative Power , but our current president arrogantly made it a habit and , without hesitation, violated the Constitution when it suited his political aims. Experts have tallied about a dozen of such acts. Here are a few of the most flagrant and inexplicable unilateral edicts : he unilaterally allowed one-year grace period and delayed implementation of employer mandate (Obamacare) ; he unilaterally waived the requirement of work for receiving welfare (1996 law) ; he unilaterally provided federal benefits to illegal aliens and granted deferred action on deportation that favors four to five million illegal aliens.
But last week, surprisingly, the Third Power, the Judiciary incarnated in the US Supreme Court, did the usurpation , again making the Congress an empty and irrelevant vessel. Five hundred and thirty five elected officials,and thousands of staff , whose cost to the taxpayers reaches hundreds of millions of dollars, are now idle, enjoying the dolce vita and waiting their turn to join the army of lobbyists that will make them very wealthy. President Obama, and now SCOTUS, have nullified the US Congress , the American people's elected representatives.
A. The Obamacare case:
Twice, the Chief Justice bailed out and rescued "Obamacare." He did it by resorting to some capricious and arbitrary semantic prestidigitation that allowed him to rebaptize English words in arrogant disregard for dictionary and thesaurus. In the first case, some time ago, he shockingly insisted that "penalty" is not " a punishment for crime or offense," but it is a "tax. " In the second decision (June 2015), the same magic taught us that "the states" didn't mean each and every one of the 50 states but an abstract concept of the "State," one state, and other nonsense. The result is that the SCOTUS rewrote the law as produced after 18 months of debate in the Congress. They legislated from their high bench ,changed the law, and again saved Obamacare from disintegration. It was a 6-3 decision , made by nine non-elected non-legislators lawyers. This means that two persons can impose their points of view on 320 million Americans, without checks-and-balances, without appeal. That is too much power, the very thing that the Founding Fathers wanted to avoid. Thus, Obamacare became, as Justice Scalia called it in his dissent, "Scotuscare."
This year, June, not April, was the cruellest month. Traditionalists and right-thinkers were overwhelmed by the unfathomable Supreme Court rulings, the vulgar rainbow-hued White House, and the culture—or what remains of it.
A lesser-known casualty of the June wars was a tiny New Jersey non-profit called JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing), dedicated to educating the Jewish community and beyond about the social, cultural, and emotional factors that lead to same-sex attraction. JONAH unfortunately found itself in the giant maw of the radical leftist Southern Poverty Law Center, which made a meal of it.
According to their mission statement, "JONAH works with those struggling with unwanted same-sex attractions (SSA) and with families whose loved ones are involved in homosexuality." The italics are mine: JONAH doesn't target happy gays; it is there for gay people suffering from feelings they profoundly do not want.
Again, from their mission statement: "Through psychological and spiritual counseling, peer support, and self-empowerment, JONAH seeks to reunify families, to heal the wounds surrounding homosexuality, and to provide hope."
Arthur Goldberg, co-director of JONAH, is the author of a voluminous book, Light in the Closet, in which he reminds us that Judaism's prohibition against homosexuality is based on Leviticus 18:22: "You shall not lie with mankind as with womankind. It is an abomination." However, he states, "abomination…has a deeper connotation of 'going or being led astray,' which is untranslatable in any other language; and straying implies the possibility—indeed the necessity—of teshuvah, of returning to the path of Torah and the Commandments…through a guided process involving counseling, self-discovery and a combination of gradual spiritual and behavioral self-adjustments characteristic of teshuvah.'"
This type of reparative therapy, as it is known, can work successfully—"and has been accomplished…with a rate of success that is much too high to ignore," states Goldberg. It is described, with many testimonials, in his book. Several websites, in addition to JONAH's, offer similar testimonials. See, for example, www.narth.org, www.pfox.org, and www.peoplecanchange.com.
Let us remember that when you boil it all down ... we are celebrating FREEDOM. All the freedoms given to us by God. In light of the recent decisions by the Supreme Court of the United States of America, Christians need to go back to God's Word.
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. --Psalm 1:1-2
What do I as a Christian and Southern Baptist believe about Religious Liberty? As is stated in the Baptist Faith and Message, and taken from the Holy Bible:
God alone is Lord of the conscience, and He has left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men which are contrary to His Word or not contained in it. Church and state should be separate. The state owes to every church protection and full freedom in the pursuit of its spiritual ends. In providing for such freedom no ecclesiastical group or denomination should be favored by the state more than others. Civil government being ordained of God, it is the duty of Christians to render loyal obedience thereto in all things not contrary to the revealed will of God. The church should not resort to the civil power to carry on its work. The gospel of Christ contemplates spiritual means alone for the pursuit of its ends. The state has no right to impose penalties for religious opinions of any kind. The state has no right to impose taxes for the support of any form of religion. A free church in a free state is the Christian ideal, and this implies the right of free and unhindered access to God on the part of all men, and the right to form and propagate opinions in the sphere of religion without interference by the civil power.
I love Bigelow Tea because it tastes delicious. I have three cups each morning. Now I have another reason to love the company. With all the craziness going on in the US now and in the world, it is so nice to see a company stand up for our military.
Fairfield, Conn. (June 30, 2015) – Family-owned Bigelow Tea Company, a proud and longstanding supporter of the United Service Organizations (USO), has become an official sponsor of this non-profit organization that supports the U.S. military community worldwide by committing to donate a minimum of 350,000 tea bags annually. The tea bags will be used to support the USO’s ongoing mission of lifting the spirits of America’s troops and their families.
This commitment ensures the continuation of Bigelow’s already existing Tea for the Troops program, launched by third generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow in 2009, that to date has donated more than 4 million tea bags to U.S. service personnel.
The company first partnered with the USO when Cindi Bigelow reached out to high school friend Jeff Hill, now the USO’s Regional Vice President for the U.S., to develop a path for distributing 100% American grown tea, grown at the company’s Charleston Tea Plantation in South Carolina, to troops as a heartfelt way of saying “thank you” for the huge sacrifices they make.
Wanting to do more, Bigelow Tea became a financial sponsor of the USO’s 2015 Warrior Week that recently took place, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in association with the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia Inc.
This invaluable program brings together physical, therapeutic and recreational organizations that empower wounded, ill and injured troops with a renewed sense of adventure by providing opportunities to participate in activities from adaptive water skiing and kayaking, to deep sea fishing, horseback riding, surfing, racquetball and tennis.
In an additional show of support, Cindi Bigelow and Bigelow Tea Project Manager Tim Richmond, an Iraq war veteran, cycled alongside service men and women in Warrior Week’s Ride 2 Recovery Memorial Challenge that culminated in Virginia Beach. Cindi and Tim participated in similar rides twice before and were so moved by the experience, they had to do it again.
“It is such a moving experience, and an honor, to ride along with our soldiers. We read about them, we see them on TV and in the airports. Of course we appreciate what they do but to be surrounded by them gives me such an immensely greater appreciation for their sacrifices,” said Cindi Bigelow. “Not a single soldier had one word of complaint. Just listening to them makes you truly realize the magnitude of what these heroes selflessly do to protect our country. It is why it is so important to give back.
“I must have cried a dozen times when I walked away from these conversations. Not with pity but with tremendous admiration for them,” she continued.
And, she adds, “At Bigelow Tea, whose company mission it is to enrich life’s everyday moments by infusing passion into all we do, we are grateful to our service men and women, to Jeff Hill and the USO for allowing us to be even a small piece of everything they do to improve the lives of our beautiful troops.”
Caption: Bigelow Tea Company is an official sponsor of the USO and has committed to donating a minimum of 350,000 tea bags annually to support the USO’s ongoing mission of lifting the spirits of America’s troops and their families. Bigelow has already donated more than 4 million tea bags to U.S. service personnel.
About Bigelow Tea Company
Based in Fairfield, CT, and 100% family-owned, the Bigelow Tea Company pioneered the specialty tea category 70 years ago with its first creation, “Constant Comment”® Tea. Bigelow takes pride in its heritage and successful growth from a one-product, entrepreneurial venture into America’s leading specialty tea company that produces 1.7 billion tea bags annually in more than 130 flavors.
About the USO
The USO lifts the spirits of America's troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide, providing a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. The USO also provides critical support to those who need it most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors, troops in transition and families of the fallen. USO programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.
Now go out there and buy some Bigalow tea and thank a soldier for his/her service.
“O people, know that you have committed great sins, and that the great ones among you have committed these sins. If you ask me what proof I have for these words, I say it is because I am the punishment of God. If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you.” Genghis Khan to the Muslims of Bukhara, 1220 A.D.*
On the day that a heroic pastor is laid to rest in Charleston, SC. – the victim of senseless hatred and disregard for human life – the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the sodomistic practice of ‘same-sex’ marriage as an alleged Constitutional right. Justice Kennedy going as far as to state that, basically, marriage remains the strongest of all human unions before casting his judgment with those who seek to dismantle the dignity of the human person. Kennedy declared openly his ignorance regarding both the concept of marriage as an institution and the concept of union itself. In this regard, he joined four other members of the liberal wing of the Court to commit wanton treason against both the Constitution and human society itself.
Marriage remains neither a right nor a privilege, but a “grave duty” towards the survival of the human population. Its purpose rests with procreation and the continuation of the human race as, for instance, a human mating with a gorilla cannot ever produce either an ape or a man. For centuries known to those of the Judeo-Christian persuasion, the commandment of God has acknowledged, “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body” (Genesis 2:24, New American Bible). Any other interpretation violates both adherence to God and recognition of the human condition, leaving individuals to be little less than Homo sapiens – slaves to their earthly bodies.
Never once in the course of Western society has “marriage” ever been imagined as a means to whet sexual appetites or ensure that benefits could transfer to a lover. On the contrary, marriage represents a millennial-long institution whose soul purpose was to bring two dissimilar ‘halves’ together in one easily recognizable “whole”. In other words, the maternal instincts of the female shared with the protective instincts of the male to form that rarest of all species, “parents”. Even when the child was born of others and ushered into the family via adoption – whether formal or informal – that child knew that mothers were there to offer role models to daughters and fathers to sons. That is, even a mere child could tell the difference between “mommy” and “daddy” or between sister and brother.
When families descend into single-parent status, the result is a preponderance of crime and a deficiency of social harmony, regardless of whether “exceptions to the rule” are taunted by academics and journalists alike. To succeed outside the nuclear family remains as difficult as escaping from a black hole. Both violate the laws of physics, whether human or subatomic. To define marriage as anything less than a sacred bond between God and the male/husband-female/wife pair rests as a travesty of unimaginable proportions.
“There was once a civilization that was the greatest in the world.”
And so began a mythical, deceptive tale by Carly Fiorina, when she spoke in praise of Islam within a mere two weeks of their bombing of the World Trade Center. The concern is not that she was attempting to deceive others, but that she, a person who aspires to the presidency of the United States, was herself deceived regarding the true nature of Islam, and that she has never retracted her statements.
“[Islam’s] armies were made up of many nationalities . . . [Islam] was able to create a continental super-state . . . within its dominion lived hundreds of millions of people, of different creeds and ethnic origins,” and “the reach of this civilization’s commerce. . .”*
As a religious leader, Mohammed converted few followers. As political and military leader, he was far more successful – torturing and beheading 700 stalwart Medinan Jews, raping and enslaving women, and conscripting the survivors for jihad (holy war). Thus he dominated different creeds and ethnic origins, replenishing his army with many nationalities, and increasing his wealth with booty.
“Within its dominion” is Fiorina’s euphemism for “living under domination.” All non-Muslims, slaves and women were treated with contempt, unequal under law but economically necessary. Although specific enmity was directed against Jews and Christians, the severe “jizya” tax was imposed on “infidels” as humiliation and punishment for rejecting Mohammed. This tax and many other discriminatory laws extended through the centuries to Nestorians, Syrians, and Romans of newly conquered empires, and further to animists, Buddhists, Hindus, Mongols, Greeks, and Armenians (the Armenian Genocide), who suffered torture and death.
Jews held trades and occupations that Muslims judged inferior - including “this civilization’s commerce,” diplomacy, banking, brokerage, espionage, working in gold and silver, and cleaning cesspools. The inevitable deterioration of relations between Muslims and the outside world meant more restrictions and social segregation for non-Muslims (dhimmis), but the subservient and useful survived.
“. . . its military protection allowed a degree of peace and prosperity that had never been known.”
“Peace,” as the absence of discord, existed, depending on the beneficence of the ruling caliphate and internal/external changes, but from the twelfth to thirteenth centuries onward, tolerance decreased; intellectual, social and commercial life depreciated, and ever-increasing restrictions and deprivation for dhimmis were imposed.
Is Bill O’Reilly a spineless wimp who merely pays lip service to the first amendment? The answer is a resounding, yes! He disgraced himself in front of millions of viewers by attacking Pamela Geller’s Mohamed art contest. Talk about the shallow veneer of patriotism, when the “chips are down” and “push comes to shove” O’Reilly puts his tail between his legs and runs the other way. How far will he run? -- All the way to joining together with the blood thirsty barbarians who are vehemently calling for the death of Geller.
Let’s face it, by condemning Pamela Geller, O’Reilly is tacitly supporting Islamic jihad’s goal of murdering Geller. Will O’Reilly’s next book be called “Killing Geller”? If so, then it could also be called “Killing the First Amendment” which is synonymous with “Killing America”. Bill O’Reilly, “Youare a pinhead” because, unlike Geller you have become an obscurantist, who has no courage to fight for the first amendment.
President George Washington
Who is correct regarding the first amendment Geller or O’Reilly?
This question is easily answered by turning to the wisdom of President George Washington who emphatically warns:
“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
Washington obviously sides with Pamela Geller who bravely stands up and fights for free speech. In contrast, O’Reilly condemns Geller and calls her stupid because she -- refuses to remain “dumb and silent.” Thus the “battle lines” have been drawn. It’s Pamela Geller and George Washington versus O’Reilly and the blood thirsty barbarians. Whose side are you on?
Tyranny Prevails When Free Speech is Eviscerated.
Insult a tyrant and it’s off with your head. Tyrants, despots and barbarians always forbid free speech. They murder anyone who slights them, and here lies the essential difference between America and the Islamic barbarians. America encourages free speech -- especially that which is offensive or insulting. On the other hand, the Islamic barbarians impose the death penalty for the slightest insult.
Judge Jeanine Pirro of Fox News clarifies the situation by stating:
“. . . free speech is non-negotiable and that the whole point of the First Amendment is to protect speech that offends.”
Unfortunately, Bill O’Reilly and other heedless Americans, by condemning Pamela Geller indirectly condone the actions of the murderous Islamic tyrants. In so doing they betray our nation, and place our homeland in severe jeopardy.
What O’Reilly Should Have Said
I fully support Pamela Gellar’s Mohamed Art Contest because without the first amendment America will cease to exist. The essence of free speech is to protect offensive speech. America and free speech are synonymous, no more free speech no more America. “The spin stops here.”
Pamela Geller’s contest has revealed that Islamic death squads are fully operative within our borders. It is the duty of every American to follow Geller’s example and fight back to defeat this barbaric enemy hell bent upon destroying our nation’s foremost principles. Let’s hope that O’Reilly soon corrects himself and joins Geller in the fight for our nation’s victory against Islamic tyranny.
What Must Be Done
Something like a nationwide Mohamed art offensive should take place. Every form of media should publish Mohamed cartoons en masse all together on a wide scale -- especially Fox news. All newspapers, magazines, journals, and other publications should consider it their patriotic duty to publish the cartoons.
They do not have to be crass or vulgar cartoons. They can be classy, respectful and artistically pleasing cartoons but without doubt they are cartoons of Mohamed. There is no need to publish new cartoons. They can be copies of those previously published.
The key point is to show that Americans live by American law and absolutely reject the barbaric Islamic assault upon their first amendment, which is an act of war in our own backyard.
Act of War
It is outrageous, infuriating and an act of war that Islamic thugs demand we obey their barbaric creed or die. They come into our country and bellow “do as Isay or die”. However, it is a thousand times worse that our leaders like Bill O’Reilly, President Obama, President Carter, and Donald Trump have surrendered to them. A servile leadership is nothing new. Prior to World War II Neville Chamberlain took Hitler’s side against Winston Churchill. As a side note, remember when Obama got rid of the Winston Churchill statue?
In Jean Swirsky’s brilliant article: “Pamela Geller – America’s Churchill. She, like Geller emphasizes the crucial role free speech plays in protecting our constitution, bill of rights and national security.
“I Have Been Made Victorious With Terror” – Mohamed
By emulating Mohamed’s penchant for terror, his present day followers have effectively silenced free speech in Europe. The Charlie Hebdo massacre has cowed the European media to lay supine to Islamic death squads. There are few if any Mohamed cartoons found in Europe today. Disgracefully, Europeans have been capitulating to barbaric Islamic gangs and lawsuit jihad for some time. “Europe’s Last Stand” the must see documentary produced by Christian Action Network provides devastating proof of this fact.
The purpose of the attempted massacre upon Pamela Geller’s Mohamed art contest was to duplicate the Islamic terror victory gained in Europe. The barbarians sought a similar blood bath on American soil in order that we also cowardly self-censor our right to free speech. This makes it imperative for all Americans to support the work of Pamela Geller and all like-minded patriots or the bitter cup of defeat will be ours.
Does it not foretell our doom that our military and intelligence agencies are forbidden to use the words Islam, Islamic terrorism and terrorism itself? The prophetic words of President George Washington come to mind once again:
“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led like sheep to the slaughter.”
Martel Sobieskey has four decades research experience in the field of religious conditioning and its relationship to warfare. He is greatly alarmed by our leadership’s failure to recognize the deeply entrenched jihadist conditioning inherent in all of Islam, moderates included.
Anti-Semitism is growing among German Muslim students. Following Koranic teachings, the early childhood brainwashing, and school books rife with politically biased indoctrination, these students openly declared that they will kill Jews, specifically threatening Max Moses Bonifer, student spokesman for the school system in Offenbach, Germany, a city of more than 16,000 Muslims. Teenage students in Landsberg, near Leipzig, were reported to be using Nazi slogans, and greeting “Heil Hitler,” with some sporting Hitlerian moustaches. Yet, despite the increase in anti-Semitism, Muslim and other immigrant students were exempted from partaking in the concentration camp visits required with the Holocaust educational programs.
”Severe intolerance and hatred does not happen overnight,” explains Dr. Tawfik Hamid, himself under threat from his co-religionists for teaching a peaceful understanding of Islam. "The indoctrination process, incremental and subtle, occurs in three stages – hatred, suppression of conscience, and desensitization to or acceptance of violence." It is completed when the formerly young and innocent are capable of violence without remorse, no different than the Muslims who attacked synagogues in Germany after Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge” against Hamas, or the Nazis who participated in the Kristallnacht pogrom of November 10, 1938.
The hate and intolerance of the Koran is reinforced during prayers five times daily. Beginning in early childhood, toddlers are taught to behead dolls, and young men delight in the worst animal cruelty that Australians have ever witnessed being done to their exported cattle. Films from Gaza show Palestinians “kneecapping” the cattle, stabbing their eyes, and hacking their throats open on the streets. Severe animal suffering precedes the slaughter of animals for the celebration of Eid Al-adha or Feast of Sacrifice (it also generates an extraordinary cash windfall for some of Pakistan's most dangerous militant groups).
Recently Bruce Jenner become Caitlyn Jenner (can anyone in this crazy family top that?), and while this transformation to being a “woman” (despite being male at the cellular level and not having anything cut off), at least has put an end to months of rumors and speculations. First there was the interview with Diane Sawyer (the new Barbara Walters?), then the revelation of his new name and the Vanity Fair cover.
But what is interesting is that in the course of the interview with Sawyer, Jenner said something rather unexpected, and in a very sincere and offhanded manner. I would like to remind everyone reading this of what was said as it has received very little publicity from the left or the right. When Sawyer brought up the topic of Barack Obama, Jenner said that “I was never a big fan, that he (Jenner) is kind of more on the conservative side.”
What? How can someone born male who wants to be a woman, possibly be serious about this? Isn’t the left the tolerant political party and the conservatives (including many, but not all Republicans) the party of intolerance. The prevailing “wisdom” is that the left is tolerant and the right is narrow minded, bigoted, etc., etc. To paraphrase one of my favorite pundits: there are a lot of crazy Republicans out there, but the whole Democrat National Party is crazy.
A few days after Pope Francis recognized the "State of Palestine," he honored the "Chairman of the Palestinian Authority" Mahmoud Abbas, in a ceremony at the Vatican, and called him "the Angel of Peace," thus adding insult to injury. He also insulted History twice:
First, because First there is no "State of Palestine" to recognize, and may never will be ,due to the perennial refusal of the Palestinian leaders to accept a Jewish state in their midst and to agree to the necessary compromises. The fallacy that Israel is solely responsible for achieving peace in the Mid-East has been debunked by the successive peace offers made by the Israeli Prime Ministers Rabin, Barak , and Olmert, each one "improving" on his predecessor by taking more risks, and all strongly endorsed by an American president. It took the Vatican more than forty years to recognize the State of Israel after its birth in 1948. So what's the rush to recognize a non-existent state of "Palestine"and add more confusion to the mix?
Second, Abbas is certainly not a man of peace, let alone an "angel of peace," with its strange theological connotations.Maybe the Pope doesn't know, but he is surrounded by a host of experts and advisers who should know, or can research, the biography of a man the Pope intended to praise and glorify. I am sure the Pontiff does not want to disregard the injunction of the greatest of the biblical prophets, Isaiah, who denounced those " who call evil good and call good evil..." A little effort at learning the truth would have uncovered many non-angelic and non-peace-generating actions .
Suffice it to cite here two of them: Abbas wrote an academic thesis, a Ph.D. no less, in Soviet Moscow Lumumba University, denying the Holocaust ,accusing the "Zionists" of collaborating with the Nazis, and at the same time "deciding" that the number of Jewish victims of the Holocaust was "only" 300,000 ,not six millions. He also planned and funded the Munich massacre of 1972 and the murder of eleven Israeli athletes. Abbas earned the moniker of "moderate" only in comparison with Hamas, the more radical terrorist organization that has defeated him electorally and militarily, chased him away from Gaza, and is now a partner in his "government," leaving him with practically no power , except in the imagination of the Western leaders and now...of the Pope.
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