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January 18, 2014

Latest Studies: 51 new items, including Reason Foundation analyses of what the Endangered Species Act has accomplished, a Washington Legal Foundation analysis of President Obama’s use of the recess appointments power, and more

Notes on the Week: More freedom leads to more prosperity, the facts on inequality, who is intolerant? and more

To Do: Defend life

Latest Studies

Budget & Taxation
Out of Sight: How Special Taxing Districts Circumvent Spending Limits and Decrease Accountability in Government – Goldwater Institute
Tax Cuts for All: Tax Reform Means Savings to All NC Income Groups – John Locke Foundation
Going Broke One City at a Time: Municipal Bankruptcies in America – Pacific Research Institute
The Costs of Delaying the Funding of Public Pensions in Massachusetts – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research
Pension Reform Case Study: Rhode Island – Reason Foundation
Baked In the Cake: Why the Progressivity of the Income Tax Isn’t Visible in the Distribution of Tax Expenditures – Tax Foundation
Illinois Considers Further Income Tax Increases as Temporary Tax Nears Expiration – Tax Foundation
States Provide Income Tax Filing Guidance to Same-Sex Couples – Tax Foundation

Crime, Justice & the Law
Why U.S. Citizens Should Not Be Branded as U.S. Criminals for Violating Foreign Law – The Heritage Foundation
New York High Court Rejects Medical Monitoring Claims In Absence Of Physical Injury – Washington Legal Foundation

Economic and Political Thought
Are We Good Enough for Liberty? – Foundation for Economic Education
A Conservative Vision of Government – National Affairs
Conservatism for the People – National Affairs
The Brooklyn Burkeans – National Affairs

Economic Growth
A Jobs Agenda for the Right – National Affairs
Moving to Work – National Affairs

Education
Launching the Workshop School: How Technology Can Support Radical Redesign – American Enterprise Institute
A Rebirth of Liberty and Learning – Hillsdale College
The Humanities and Us – Manhattan Institute
The Dubious Promise of Universal Preschool – National Affairs

Family, Culture & Community
Adoption, Foster Care, and Conscience Protection – The Heritage Foundation

Foreign Policy/International Affairs
America vs. Iran: The Competition for the Future of the Middle East – American Enterprise Institute
After U.S. Signature, Dangers of U.N. Arms Trade Treaty Begin to Surface – The Heritage Foundation
Latin America and the Caribbean: Congressional Priorities for 2014 – The Heritage Foundation
Top Five Foreign Policy Priorities for 2014 – The Heritage Foundation
U.S. Response to Chaos in the Central African Republic – The Heritage Foundation

Health Care
ObamaCare Cancellations – Independent Women’s Forum
Will the Recent Slowdown in Health Care Cost Growth Improve Medicare’s Financing Outlook? – Mercatus Center
Re-Imagining the Doctor – National Affairs

Information Technology
The Current State of Digital Integration in Texas Public Schools – Texas Public Policy Foundation

International Trade/Finance
China Invests (Somewhat) More in the World – American Enterprise Institute
Congress Should Block the Morally Hazardous IMF “Reform” Package – The Heritage Foundation

Labor
The Family Act – Independent Women’s Forum

Monetary Policy/Financial Regulation
Unrisky Business: Asset Management Cannot Create Systemic Risk – American Enterprise Institute

National Security
Top Five National Security Priorities for Congress in 2014 – The Heritage Foundation

Natural Resources, Energy, Environment, & Science
The Endangered Species Act at 40: Species Profiles: Aleutian Canada Goose – Reason Foundation
The Endangered Species Act at 40: Species Profiles: American Alligator – Reason Foundation
The Endangered Species Act at 40: Species Profiles: American Peregrine Falcon – Reason Foundation
The Endangered Species Act at 40: Species Profiles: Arctic Peregrine Falcon – Reason Foundation
The Endangered Species Act at 40: Species Profiles: Bald Eagle – Reason Foundation
The Endangered Species Act at 40: Species Profiles: Hawaiian Hawk – Reason Foundation
The Endangered Species Act at 40: Species Profiles: Hoover’s Woolly-Star – Reason Foundation
The Endangered Species Act at 40: Species Profiles: Palau Fantail Flycatcher – Reason Foundation
The Endangered Species Act at 40: Tinian Monarch – Reason Foundation
Review of the President’s Climate Action Plan – Texas Public Policy Foundation

Regulation & Deregulation
A Regulatory Flurry: The Year in Regulation – American Action Forum
Billion-Dollar Regulations: Trends and Employment Implications – American Action Forum
Electricity in Texas: Markets, not Manipulation – Texas Public Policy Foundation

The Constitution/Civil Liberties
National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning – Washington Legal Foundation

Transportation/Infrastructure
Bus Rapid Transit & Managed Lanes: Low-Cost, High-Quality Transportation Solutions for the 21st Century – Reason Foundation
Organization and Innovation in Air Traffic Control – Reason Foundation

Notes on the Week

More freedom, more prosperity: Once again, The Heritage Foundation/Wall Street Journal Index of Economic Freedom finds a strong correlation between economic freedom and economic prosperity. Every year, the Index measures economic freedom throughout the world’s economies. The measurement is based on ten factors of economic freedom that consider things like corruption, taxes, government spending, labor regulations, the burden of business licensing, trade restrictions, and other factors. This year the Index ranked 178 countries. Below are some of the results when you compare economic freedom to per capita income and other measures of a country’s prosperity. The first two charts are from Chapter 1 and the third chart is from Chapter 2 of the Index:

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The good news and the bad news on economic freedom: The Heritage Foundation/Wall Street Journal’s 2014 Index of Economic Freedom, released this week, contains bad news for the United States but good news for the world. First, the bad news: In the United States, economic freedom has now declined seven years in a row, from a score of 81.2 in 2007 to 75.5 in 2014. During that span, the United States has fallen from the fifth freest economy in the world to the 12th. This year is the first time that the United States has not been in the top 10 in economic freedom. According to the Index, the primary culprits for this year’s decline are higher taxes, higher spending, and more regulation. [See also: “America’s Dwindling Economic Freedom,” by Terry Miller, Wall Street Journal, January 13]

Good news for the world: This year’s average country score, 60.3, is the highest in the history of the Index. That score means the average country in the world now has a moderately free economy—though barely. Once again, Hong Kong (90.1) tops the list of the most economically free countries in the world with Singapore (89.4) close behind. The rest of the top ten are Australia (82.0), Switzerland (81.6), New Zealand (81.2), Canada (80.2), Chile (78.7), Mauritius (76.5), Ireland (76.2), and Denmark (76.1). Of the 178 countries ranked, North Korea has the lowest score—1.0.

What difference does economic freedom make? As we noted earlier, there is considerable evidence that countries with more economic freedom have higher living standards. Freer countries also have fewer people living in poverty, more democratic governance, and better environmental results. [See in particular Chapter 1, by Terry Miller and Anthony Kim, and Chapter 2, by Anthony Kim, in this year’s Index of Economic Freedom.]

At a panel discussion launching the book on Tuesday, Bryan Riley (remarks at 44:54) noted that the very first Index was published 20 years ago, the same year that the North American Free Trade Agreement became law. Trade freedom is, of course, one of the components of economic freedom. As Riley explained, free trade has been a key driver of rising living standards in many countries around the world. Worldwide trade barriers have fallen roughly in half while the volume of international trade has tripled in the past 20 years. Over that period, roughly a billion people around the world have been lifted out of poverty.

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[See also: “2014 Index of Economic Freedom: Five Points You Should Know,” by Anthony B. Kim, The Foundry, January 14]

And speaking of economic freedom: Alejandro Chaufen of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation has an idea for Pope Benedict: Instead of redistributing income, let’s make the distribution of economic freedom more equal—by giving it to those who don’t have it.

Hernando de Soto and his team of researchers and the Institute for Liberty and Democracy, showed how an overregulated economy creates such high costs of entrance to the market for the poor, that it ends up excluding them from just opportunities. In addition to this process, and to explain why so many poor can’t improve their lot, I have argued that we need to look into the unequal distribution of economic freedom. The unequal distribution of economic freedom leads to a system where the rich get richer because they are the only ones who can afford the costs of legality; or the ones who have a better chance to buy from producers other than the state the services, such as education and security, inefficiently produced by government officials and bureaucracies. The poor get stuck with little access to legality and poor essential services. In most indices that measure rule of law, only a minority of countries qualify as having a strong and just juridical framework. In those countries the population, as well as moralists, see how the rich who are close to the government continue to enrich themselves even in periods where most of the population is suffering. [Forbes, January 15]

And P.J. O’Rourke notices that Hong Kong (ranked the most economically free country in the world in the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom) offers a model of economic growth for Detroit:

I know how to fix Detroit, because it reminds me of another favorite place, Hong Kong—two things so opposite that they evoke each other the way any Kardashian is a reminder that you love home and mother.

Hong Kong’s per capita GDP is among the highest in the world. But it was once a worse mess than Detroit. Devastated by Japanese occupation, the British colony’s population had declined from 1.6 million in 1941 to 600,000 by 1945. Then, after the 1949 communist victory on the mainland, a million refugees arrived. Most of them were penniless. Britain’s Labor government was penniless, too. Maybe Hong Kong could have gone into Chapter 9. But who would have been the bankruptcy judge? Chairman Mao?

Instead Hong Kong had the good fortune to get John (later Sir John) Cowperthwaite, a young official sent out to push the colony’s economy toward recovery. “I did very little,” he once said. “All I did was to try to prevent some of the things that might undo it.”

Such as taxes. Even now, Hong Kong has no sales tax; no VAT; no taxes on capital gains, interest income or earnings outside Hong Kong; no import or export duties; and a top personal income-tax rate of 15%.

Cowperthwaite was financial secretary from 1961 to 1971, Hong Kong’s period of fastest economic growth. Sir John, however, wouldn’t allow collection of economic statistics for fear they’d lead to political meddling. Some statistics nonetheless: During Cowperthwaite’s tenure, Hong Kong’s exports grew by an average of 13.8% a year, industrial wages doubled and the number of households in extreme poverty shrank from half to 16%. [Wall Street Journal, January 9]

The facts on inequality tell a story that’s different from the one you’ve heard from the Left. The Brookings Institutions’ Gary Burtless put together this chart, based on data from the Congressional Budget Office, that shows how different segments of the income distribution have fared since 2000. The chart shows everybody gaining except the top 1 percent, and the bottom 20 percent gaining the most.

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Burtless:

To be sure, the pre- and post-tax incomes of the top 1% improved in 2010 compared with 2009 while incomes in the bottom 90% of households remained essentially flat. Thus, almost all the net income gains in 2010 went to people at the very top. 2010 was the first year of the current recovery, and a disproportionate share of income gain in the early recovery was concentrated on the well-to-do. Income reports published by the IRS suggest this trend continued in 2011 and 2012, when the most affluent taxpayers continued to enjoy big income gains. The flip side is that Americans at the top of the distribution also saw the biggest percentage losses in their incomes during the Great Recession. CBO’s new numbers show that households in the top income percentile saw their before- and after-tax incomes shrink more than one-third between 2007 and 2009. Middle-income Americans experienced pre-tax income losses of 4.5% and after-tax income losses of just 1.4%. In the bottom one-fifth of U.S. households, after-tax incomes actually edged up during the recession. [Brookings Institution, January 6]

Jimmy Kimmel has spotted the problem with ObamaCare. He’s also spotted the problem with the politics of ObamaCare:

[Via Media Research Center, January 15]

Watch out for the FCC’s crumbling house of cards. Courts are noticing that technology has brought new competition to the information marketplace, and at least one judge has now said that the changes mean the Federal Communications Commission can no longer justify regulations that impinge the First Amendment rights of cable television service providers.

In Agape v. Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that the FCC was within its power when it decided to let some rules requiring cable service providers to carry local television broadcasts expire. In his concurring opinion, Judge Brett Kavanaugh went further, writing that maintaining the rule would have been constitutionally impermissible. The Supreme Court had previously held that such regulations did not violate the First Amendment because counteracting cable operators’ monopoly power was a valid public purpose. The increased competition in the marketplace, said Kavanaugh, should now compel courts to strike down those regulations:

Cable operators today face intense competition from a burgeoning number of satellite, fiber optic, and Internet television providers – none of whom are saddled with the same program carriage and non-discrimination burdens that cable operators bear. As this Court has flatly stated, cable operators “no longer have the bottleneck power over programming that concerned the Congress in 1992.” Unsurprisingly, cable regulations adopted in the era of Cheers and The Cosby Show are ill-suited to a marketplace populated by Homeland and House of Cards. […]

Because cable operators no longer wield market power, the Government can no more tell a cable operator today which video programming networks it must carry than it can tell a bookstore what books to sell or tell a newspaper what columnists to publish. [Internal citations omitted.] [Agape Church v. Federal Communications Commission, United States District Court for the District of Columbia Circuit, December 27, 2013]

The reference to “House of Cards” is apt, says Randolph May, who predicts that before long other justices will join Kavanaugh in recognizing the constitutional problem: “This First Amendment jurisprudence is a ‘House of Cards’ waiting to crumble.” [Free State Foundation Blog, January 6]

Who is intolerant? Many of the kerfuffles that flare up from the world of pop culture are entertaining for all of 15 minutes. After that, you’re just wasting brain cells if you ever think of them again. L’affairre Robertson is not one of those. Phil Robertson’s comments about homosexuality to GQ magazine, the A&E network’s response of cancelling the show Duck Dynasty, and the subsequent reaction from the public teach two very important lessons: (1) The progressive side of our political cleavage is the real intolerant faction in America today; and (2) most of America instinctively understands that.

David Theroux’s review of the incident, published this week at Patheos, is comprehensive, thoughtful, and worth bookmarking for anybody tracking the culture wars. Some key facts and points to take away:

In the article, when asked about his religious faith, Robertson noted that his own youthful debauchery was self-destructive and put his marriage on the rocks, and that these were reversed only by his conversion to Christianity. He added that he now considers sexual relations other than those between a man and woman in wedlock to be sinful. In so doing, Robertson did not support bans on homosexual advocacy or relations […] .

In subsequent comments, he included himself as a “sexual sinner”: […] “However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.”

In contrast, Doug Ellin, creator of HBO’s Entourage, has actually tweeted a call for gays to shoot Robertson: “I think it would be a better show if gay people got to throw Phil Robertson [sic] up in the air and shoot at him then [sic] him shooting at cute ducks.” […]

A&E was seeking an entertainment show portraying Middle America as “hickville” in order to get people to disparage and laugh at those who do not subscribe to “progressive” culture (social liberalism achieved and policed through bullying and government mandates). What A&E was not expecting is that instead of the audience laughing at a self-described “bunch of rednecks from Louisiana,” the 14.6 million who view the program each week have been laughing with the Robertson’s at the hypocrisy, foolishness, and tyranny of “progressive” elites. […]

One of seven children raised in a log cabin in northern Louisiana with no electricity, bathtub, or toilet, Robertson grew up in a poor family living off garden fruits and vegetables; deer, squirrels, fish, and other animals that they hunted and fished; and the pigs, chickens, and cattle that they raised. Nevertheless, in high school he became All-State in football, baseball, and track and received a football scholarship to Louisiana Tech University. At Tech, later football legend Terry Bradshaw was at the time benched as second-string to Robertson, who was star quarterback. And although Robertson chose to quit football in college for the freedom to hunt during duck season, he went on to receive a master’s degree in education, taught school, and became a commercial fisherman. In 1972, the young enterprising Robertson patented his first duck call and created the Duck Commander Company, which has been leveraged into today’s vast fortune and cultural phenomenon that includes Duck Dynasty. […]

[P]ostmodern, cultural elites disdain almost everything upon which civilization has rested and work toward silencing all contrary views. Litmus tests that trigger such campaigns have included (but are not limited to) global warming, Obamacare, gender and race identity, Judeo-Christian beliefs, and birth- and gun- control.

In response, Duck Dynasty has remarkably broken through this Nanny-State malaise, connecting with many millions of people fed up with the absurdities and bullying of “liberal” elites. [Patheos, January 14; and Patheos, January 15]

Some people get to wait in traffic, others get told to shut up. There’s been a lot of pixels devoted to apparently politically-induced traffic jams in New Jersey, perhaps justifiably so. Meanwhile, there’s some political mendacity going on in Wisconsin that has gotten almost zero coverage in the national media. Wisconsin Reporter, however, has been on the story of Wisconsin’s John Doe investigation of conservative groups charged with illegally coordinating with Gov. Scott Walker during the state’s recall elections. This week, Wisconsin Reporter reports that Eric O’Keefe director of the Wisconsin Club for Growth is striking back:

O’Keefe’s attorney, David B. Rivkin has sent a letter to prosecutors stating the nearly two-year John Doe investigation, conducted with a court-ordered gag order in place, has no basis in Wisconsin law and that it violates O’Keefe’s First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and association.

The prosecutors’ legal reasoning “is unsupportable as a matter of law and crystal clear evidence of bad faith,” the release states.

“I am confident that any federal court that reviews the facts will see your investigation for what it is, put a stop to it, and hold you publicly accountable,” the letter states. […]

The letter demands Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, a Democrat, and the other prosecutors in the multiple-county probe “close the investigation immediately, publicly exonerate Mr. O’Keefe and the Club, and dissolve the gag order that bars discussion of the proceeding.” […]

The court-sanctioned dragnet has subpoenaed more than 100 conservative and free-market activists. Though gagged by provisions of the subpoenas, several sources have told Wisconsin Reporter the manifold legal attack on nonprofit political organizations has included pre-dawn raids on homes and offices; confiscated equipment and files; and demands for phone, email and other records.

Judge Gregory A. Peterson, the probe’s presiding judge, on Friday quashed several of the subpoenas to conservative groups and ordered the return of property to the targets of a so-called John Doe campaign-finance probe, according to a story broken by the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board.

O’Keefe’s Wisconsin Club for Growth – as well as Walker’s campaign, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Inc., and Citizens for a Strong America – were victims of improper subpoenas, according to the judge. Peterson said the subpoenas “do not show probable cause that the moving parties committed any violations of the campaign finance laws,” according to the sealed opinion, obtained by the Journal. [Wisconsin Reporter, January 15]

To Do: Defend Life

Defend life, by participating in the annual March for Life Rally—the most important pro-life rally of the year. The rally starts at 11:15 a.m. on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Also: Listen to Jim DeMint’s message on why this event is so important!

Go behind the scenes to get the story of how the Supreme Court’s disastrous Roe v. Wade decision came to be. Clarke Forsythe will be at The Heritage Foundation to talk about his new book Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade. Forsythe’s talk will begin at noon on January 23.

Hear what P.J. O’Rourke thinks about his own generation. O’Rourke will be at the Cato Institute to talk about his new book, The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way … And It Wasn’t My Fault … And I’ll Never Do It Again. O’Rourke’s talk will begin at 6 p.m. on January 22.

• Plan your activities for National School Choice Week, which officially runs January 26 to February 1. There will be over 5,500 events around the country that highlight the benefits of giving families choices in primary schooling. You can get an early start on the week by participating in The Heritage Foundation’s Run for School Choice 5K. The run starts at 11 a.m. on January 25 at Fletcher’s Cove Boathouse, 4940 Canal Road, NW, in Washington, D.C.

Discover what the television show “House of Cards” teaches us about politics as it really is. The Learn Liberty Academy, a project of the Institute for Humane Studies, is offering an online course on “House Of Cards: Politics Without Romance.” Steve Horwitz, Professor of Economics at St. Lawrence University, will teach the course, which uses the episodes of “House of Cards” to illustrate the principles behind public choice theory. The one-week course will begin March 3.

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Hospital employee suspended for ‘God Bless America’

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Hospital employee suspended for ‘God Bless America’

November 19, 2013
 

dameronA retired military veteran was placed on administrative leave after his employer denied his right to display "God Bless America" with his e-mail signature. The veteran, Boots Hawks, was asked to remove the statement from his signature block by his employer, Dameron Hospital, in Stockton, California.
When he said he wanted to obtain legal counsel about his rights, he was placed on leave for insubordination.
"Here we are right after Veterans Day recognizing individuals like this veteran, who fought to defend freedom and liberty for our country," said Hawks’ attorney, Brad Dacus of Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), "being punished simply because he wanted to have the display ‘God Bless America’ on his own email signature block."
Hawks returned to his job after Veterans Day to find his computer password suspended and lock combinations changed.
"No employee should ever be punished and disciplined for a patriotic statement like ‘God Bless America,’ and unfortunately this is exactly what this hospital decided to do," Dacus told OneNewsNow.com
PJI sent a strongly worded letter to supervisors reminding the hospital that Hawks has been a dedicated employee for 10 years and even earned "Employee of the Year" for his work.
Since then, Dameron Hospital has cleared Hawks of insubordination, but continues to ban him from using "God Bless America" with his signature.
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Despite Easy Win, Christie Still at War With GOP Base (He claims to be conservative, not a chance!)

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Breaking News from Newsmax.com

Despite Easy Win, Christie Still at War With GOP Base

By John Gizzi

By winning Tuesday night in a landslide election for his second term as governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie moved so far to the left, it may be difficult for him to win the Republican nomination for president come 2016.

The GOP governor won in one of the bluest states — where President Barack Obama beat Republican Mitt Romney by 18 points in 2012. To win, Christie had to morph close to not only blue-state values and views, but become close to Obama himself — and he did just that.

Key positions Christie has taken in New Jersey — backing Al Gore’s view that global warming is "for real" and caused by humans; his public slamming of the National Rifle Association and conservatives such as GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky; his acquiescence to gay marriage — all will come back to haunt him in what likely will be a fierce Republican primary fight ahead.

Editor’s Note: Govt Prohibited From Helping Seniors (Shocking)

Last year Christie infuriated Republicans by embracing candidate Obama when the president arrived in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, just days before the presidential election.

At that point, polls showed that momentum for Romney stopped and shifted dramatically to Obama.

Many in his own party felt Christie was giving a boost to the Democratic president at the expense of Romney. Christie also declined to invite Romney for a visit to the storm scene.

"Christie’s strategy of embracing Democrats and criticizing conservative causes and figures has worked in his big re-election tonight, but in terms of his national ambitions, he’s playing a dangerous game," David Pietrusza, historian and author of three best-selling books on presidential election years, told Newsmax.

"He enjoys little margin of error, having endangered his standing with his party’s national right-of-center base," Pietrusza said.

During his governorship and campaign, Christie played the role of happy Republican maverick, earning kudos from shows like MSNBC’s "Morning Joe," while angering some of the key constituencies of the modern Republican Party.

Chief among them is the NRA, so influential with swing voters in elections that even Democrats are loath to criticize them.

Christie has stridently attacked the Second Amendment group. He called "reprehensible" an ad run by the NRA that pictured Obama’s daughters and pointed out that they attended a school protected by more than a dozen armed guards.

"I think we need to have a large, national discussion … and gun control has to be part of it, too," Christie said in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn., last December.

Christie noted that New Jersey has the second toughest gun control statutes in the country — laws the NRA has called "extreme."

Christie has also angered Christian conservatives, a group that by some estimates tallies nearly a third of Republican voters.

In August, Christie signed a law that would levy criminal penalties against parents and Christian ministers if they counsel youth to change their sexual orientation or gender identity. One couple recently filed suit against Christie, charging the law infringes on their rights as parents.

And while Christie repeatedly proclaimed opposition to same-sex marriage and vetoed a bill to legalize the unions, he surprised many conservatives when the state Supreme Court ruled to legalize gay marriage — and Christie ordered the state’s acting attorney general not to appeal the decision.

"It’s definitely not a profile in courage," Brian Brown, head of the National Organization for Marriage, told Politico. "You’ve got a court in New Jersey that doesn’t understand that it’s supposed to be interpreting the law, not making it up out of thin air."

Christie withdrew his appeal because he doesn’t think there’s a likelihood of succeeding. "There’s no doubt it’s going to affect him" politically in a 2016 Republican primary, Brown said.

Ralph Reed, head of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, told Newsmax that Christie "has a case to make to social conservatives."

Reed, a strategist in presidential campaigns and the first executive director of the Christian Coalition, suggested that Christie might emphasize to social conservatives that he is a faithful Roman Catholic and that he oversaw the defunding of Planned Parenthood in his state.

"I think in some ways, he’ll face the same challenges that Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani faced," Gary Bauer, president of American Values and himself a former presidential hopeful, told Newsmax.

"He’s a Northeastern Republican and so far no one has proven that such candidates can deliver anything in the Northeast, and they end up having a hard time appealing to the base in the Midwest and the South."

Bauer also voiced concerns about Christie putting the brakes on the appeal of the judicial ruling favoring same-sex marriage because "it fits into a bigger trend that Republicans are being told to follow by the consultants — to just ignore the issue" of same sex marriage.

The New Jersey governor also made national news by calling Sen. Paul and other Libertarian Republicans "dangerous" for opposing government surveillance programs.

Editor’s Note: Govt Prohibited From Helping Seniors (Shocking)

Garden State conservatives almost always give low marks to Christie’s appointees to key positions.

His first state attorney general — an appointed position in New Jersey — was Paula Dow, a registered Democrat who took strong stands in favor of abortion and gun confiscation and said "no" to New Jersey joining in the state attorneys general lawsuit against Obamacare.

Pietrusza, the historian, offered up a comparison of Christie to a GOP moderate from a previous era.

"Christie may be on the path not of the Wendell Willkie of 1940 — who won the nomination as a liberal Republican and fresh face — but of the Willkie of 1944 who had so alienated his party’s base that he crashed and burned instantly," he said.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.

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November 6th, 2013 at 11:25 am

Despite Easy Win, Christie Still at War With GOP Base (He claims to be conservative, not a chance!)

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Breaking News from Newsmax.com

Despite Easy Win, Christie Still at War With GOP Base

By John Gizzi

By winning Tuesday night in a landslide election for his second term as governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie moved so far to the left, it may be difficult for him to win the Republican nomination for president come 2016.

The GOP governor won in one of the bluest states — where President Barack Obama beat Republican Mitt Romney by 18 points in 2012. To win, Christie had to morph close to not only blue-state values and views, but become close to Obama himself — and he did just that.

Key positions Christie has taken in New Jersey — backing Al Gore’s view that global warming is "for real" and caused by humans; his public slamming of the National Rifle Association and conservatives such as GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky; his acquiescence to gay marriage — all will come back to haunt him in what likely will be a fierce Republican primary fight ahead.

Editor’s Note: Govt Prohibited From Helping Seniors (Shocking)

Last year Christie infuriated Republicans by embracing candidate Obama when the president arrived in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, just days before the presidential election.

At that point, polls showed that momentum for Romney stopped and shifted dramatically to Obama.

Many in his own party felt Christie was giving a boost to the Democratic president at the expense of Romney. Christie also declined to invite Romney for a visit to the storm scene.

"Christie’s strategy of embracing Democrats and criticizing conservative causes and figures has worked in his big re-election tonight, but in terms of his national ambitions, he’s playing a dangerous game," David Pietrusza, historian and author of three best-selling books on presidential election years, told Newsmax.

"He enjoys little margin of error, having endangered his standing with his party’s national right-of-center base," Pietrusza said.

During his governorship and campaign, Christie played the role of happy Republican maverick, earning kudos from shows like MSNBC’s "Morning Joe," while angering some of the key constituencies of the modern Republican Party.

Chief among them is the NRA, so influential with swing voters in elections that even Democrats are loath to criticize them.

Christie has stridently attacked the Second Amendment group. He called "reprehensible" an ad run by the NRA that pictured Obama’s daughters and pointed out that they attended a school protected by more than a dozen armed guards.

"I think we need to have a large, national discussion … and gun control has to be part of it, too," Christie said in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn., last December.

Christie noted that New Jersey has the second toughest gun control statutes in the country — laws the NRA has called "extreme."

Christie has also angered Christian conservatives, a group that by some estimates tallies nearly a third of Republican voters.

In August, Christie signed a law that would levy criminal penalties against parents and Christian ministers if they counsel youth to change their sexual orientation or gender identity. One couple recently filed suit against Christie, charging the law infringes on their rights as parents.

And while Christie repeatedly proclaimed opposition to same-sex marriage and vetoed a bill to legalize the unions, he surprised many conservatives when the state Supreme Court ruled to legalize gay marriage — and Christie ordered the state’s acting attorney general not to appeal the decision.

"It’s definitely not a profile in courage," Brian Brown, head of the National Organization for Marriage, told Politico. "You’ve got a court in New Jersey that doesn’t understand that it’s supposed to be interpreting the law, not making it up out of thin air."

Christie withdrew his appeal because he doesn’t think there’s a likelihood of succeeding. "There’s no doubt it’s going to affect him" politically in a 2016 Republican primary, Brown said.

Ralph Reed, head of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, told Newsmax that Christie "has a case to make to social conservatives."

Reed, a strategist in presidential campaigns and the first executive director of the Christian Coalition, suggested that Christie might emphasize to social conservatives that he is a faithful Roman Catholic and that he oversaw the defunding of Planned Parenthood in his state.

"I think in some ways, he’ll face the same challenges that Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani faced," Gary Bauer, president of American Values and himself a former presidential hopeful, told Newsmax.

"He’s a Northeastern Republican and so far no one has proven that such candidates can deliver anything in the Northeast, and they end up having a hard time appealing to the base in the Midwest and the South."

Bauer also voiced concerns about Christie putting the brakes on the appeal of the judicial ruling favoring same-sex marriage because "it fits into a bigger trend that Republicans are being told to follow by the consultants — to just ignore the issue" of same sex marriage.

The New Jersey governor also made national news by calling Sen. Paul and other Libertarian Republicans "dangerous" for opposing government surveillance programs.

Editor’s Note: Govt Prohibited From Helping Seniors (Shocking)

Garden State conservatives almost always give low marks to Christie’s appointees to key positions.

His first state attorney general — an appointed position in New Jersey — was Paula Dow, a registered Democrat who took strong stands in favor of abortion and gun confiscation and said "no" to New Jersey joining in the state attorneys general lawsuit against Obamacare.

Pietrusza, the historian, offered up a comparison of Christie to a GOP moderate from a previous era.

"Christie may be on the path not of the Wendell Willkie of 1940 — who won the nomination as a liberal Republican and fresh face — but of the Willkie of 1944 who had so alienated his party’s base that he crashed and burned instantly," he said.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.

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November 6th, 2013 at 11:05 am

Mass Graves of Slaughtered Christians Found in Syria (Thank you Obama and McCain, and Graham!)

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Posted: 05 Nov 2013 09:07 AM PST

Not that anyone in the West seems to care. The rebels being trained and armed by our government are the ones murdering Christians in the name of Allah. But we have to show our tolerance by funding Jihad.

ICN—The bodies of 30 Christian civilians, including women and children, killed by Islamist militias, have been found in two separate mass graves, in the city of Sadad. The number of Christian civilians confirmed dead in this small town halfway between Homs and Damascus has reached 45. Many are injured and several are missing.
The city of Sadad, a Christian settlement, was invaded and occupied by Islamist militias on 21 October. It was recaptured in recent days by the Syrian regular army. When the representatives of the Patriarchate and families of the victims returned to their town they found to their horror two mass graves, where they found the bodies of their relatives and friends. In an atmosphere of grief, outrage and emotion, the funerals of the 30 Christians were celebrated by Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh, Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Homs and Hama.
According to eyewitnesses, many of the civilians were killed by militia gangs of ‘Al- Nusra Front’ and ‘Daash’. The city has been completely destroyed and looted. Some of the militants who invaded the city were holed up in the Syriac Orthodox Church of St Theodore, which was profaned. Sadad is an ancient Syriac village which dates back to 2000 BC located in the region of Qalamoon, north of Damascus. It had 14 churches, a monastery, temples, historic landmarks and archaeological sites.
Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh said: "What happened in Sadad is the most serious and biggest massacre of Christians in Syria in the past two and a half years… 45 innocent civilians were martyred for no reason, and among them several women and children, many thrown into mass graves. Other civilians were threatened and terrorized. 30 were wounded and 10 are still missing.
"For one week, 1,500 families were held as hostages and human shields. Among them children, the elderly, the young, men and women. Some of them fled on foot travelling eight kilometres from Sadad to Al-Hafer to find refuge. About 2,500 families fled from Sadad, taking only their clothes, due to the irruption of armed groups and today they are refugees scattered between Damascus, Homs, Fayrouza, Zaydal, Maskane, and Al-Fhayle".
The Archbishop said: "There is no electricity, water and telephone in the city. All the houses of Sadad were robbed and property looted. The churches are damaged and desecrated, deprived of old books and precious furniture. Schools, government buildings, municipal buildings have been destroyed, along with the post office, the hospital and the clinic".
"What happened in Sadad" he said "is the largest massacre of Christians in Syria and the second in the Middle East, after the one in the Church of Our Lady of Salvation in Iraq, in 2010".
Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh concluded: "We have shouted aid to the world but no one has listened to us. Where is the Christian conscience? Where is human consciousness? Where are my brothers? I think of all those who are suffering today in mourning and discomfort: We ask everyone to pray for us". (Source)

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November 5th, 2013 at 8:40 pm

French Journalists Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon Kidnapped and Murdered in Mali

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French Journalists Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon Kidnapped and Murdered in Mali

Posted: 02 Nov 2013 04:28 PM PDT

But we should always remember that, no matter how many non-Muslims are slaughtered in the name of Allah, Islamophobia is still the real problem.

Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon

(CNN)—French radio journalists Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon have been found dead in northern Mali, the French Foreign Ministry said Saturday.
The two Radio France International reporters were kidnapped Saturday morning after conducting interviews with a Tuareg rebel near the northern town of Kidal, a local governor said, according to RFI sister network France Info.
Verlon and Dupont "were abducted by four men aboard a Toyota," Kidal Gov. Adama Kamissoko said while in Bamako, according to France Info.
Kidal was one of the strongholds of the Islamic militant Tuareg uprising last year that plunged Mali into chaos after a military-led coup. Following the coup, the al Qaeda-linked Tuareg rebels occupied the northern half of the country.
Earlier this year, as part of France’s intervention to flush out Islamist militants in Mali, the French military secured the area around Kidal, the last major town that was under rebel control in northern Mali.
The two reporters were abducted in front of the home a member of the Tuareg rebels’ National Movement of a Liberation of Azawad, RFI reported. (Continue Reading.)

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November 2nd, 2013 at 8:43 pm

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Help Defeat Cuomo’s Casino Plan

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November 1st, 2013 at 8:24 am

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Cuomo can’t dodge flak on gun law

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By Rod Watson | News Urban Affairs Editor | Google+

on October 30, 2013 – 7:40 PM

, updated October 31, 2013 at 1:56 AM

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Probably the only person who feels worse than Paul Wojdan about the gun owner’s arrest for having more than seven rounds in his magazine is Andrew Cuomo.

The governor has practically taken up residence in Western New York in trying to win the only region of the state he lost last time around, counting on a 2014 sweep to buttress any presidential bid two years later.

But any traction he has gained with his repeated visits is undermined every time another otherwise legal gun owner is ensnared by one of the more ridiculous provisions of New York’s SAFE Act. Wojdan is the latest.

The Lockport resident got arrested two weeks ago when the car he was in got stopped, the cop asked about guns, and Wojdan revealed he had a pistol in the glove compartment. Alas, the 10 rounds in the magazine violated the law rammed through earlier this year dropping the legal limit from 10 rounds to seven.

It’s one of the provisions that has led to lawsuits, protests and pillorying of the governor.

In the meantime, Cuomo is here regularly to bask in the glow of the $375 million University at Buffalo Medical School being built downtown, the continuing Canalside development, the Buffalo Sabres’ $175 million HarborCenter project and the momentum created by his “Buffalo Billion.” And who can forget – amid all the reminders – the state’s investment in Ralph Wilson Stadium to keep football here for now.

It’s an impressive Western New York bouquet from a rejected suitor, enabling Cuomo to keep his promise – a rarity for any politician.

The last thing he needs now is the SAFE Act back in the news, with Wodjan’s arrest, the suspension of his pistol permit and the court order to turn in all of his guns. State officials say that such an order is standard procedure pending “a fair hearing.” Having more than seven rounds in a magazine is “an alarm bell,” said David Bookstaver, spokesman for the state court system.

Admittedly, in an era drenched in blood from gun violence, law enforcement would be castigated if a person stopped for violating gun laws was allowed to keep a weapon and then did something crazy.

But gun rights advocates will hear their own alarms bells in a rationale that seems to view every gun owner as a potential mass murderer. They will wonder why the cop even asked about weapons – rather than just license, registration and insurance – during a traffic stop. Was it because of some Big Brother database that cross-referenced the license plate number to a residence with a pistol permit?

More likely, it was because Wojdan’s wife tried to flee while driving without a license. But cases such as this only fuel gun owners’ suspicions about government – even a government bearing gifts. That’s the last thing Cuomo needs.

On the other hand, maybe the SAFE Act isn’t so bad for Western New York. Every time someone gets nabbed for filling a magazine, it puts the controversial law back in view, riling residents and undermining whatever inroads Cuomo has made.

That means the governor will have to compensate by bringing more and more resources here to drive his poll numbers back up.

Let’s hope he has lots of money.

email: rwatson@buffnews.com

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October 31st, 2013 at 9:03 am

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Saudi Islamists Gang Rape 3 Year Old Girl "Rupturing Her Insides" (The religion of rape, why is this so common in Islam?)

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October 30th, 2013 at 6:30 pm

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Bill Maher: Obama Should Not Have Lied About Obamacare

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Bill Maher: Obama Should Not Have Lied About Obamacare

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Wednesday, 30 Oct 2013 04:10 AM

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Comedian and liberal political commentator Bill Maher says President Barack Obama should have been upfront that people would lose the health insurance they like under the Affordable Care Act.

But Maher believes that if he had, Obamacare likely would never have passed.

"I don’t think Obama should have lied to people," Maher said Tuesday on CNN’s Piers Morgan Live. Host Morgan, a supporter of Obamacare and native of Great Britain where healthcare is provided by the government, agreed with Maher that Obama’s repeated promise was "a barefaced lie."

Republican politicians and conservative pundits alike said Obama wasn’t being honest when he said that his signature healthcare plan would allow anyone who liked his or her insurance policy to keep it. Rules written after the bill passed made virtually all the "grandfathered" policies illegal.

"The thing passed by this much," Maher said holding his thumb and forefinger inches apart. Had Obama told people that many of them would lose the insurance they like it wouldn’t have had a chance, he admitted.

Maher also doubts Obama is being truthful when he says he was unaware the United States was spying on the leaders of allied countries, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The White House’s insistence that Obama was out of the loop is "not credible and not excusable," Maher said. "I thought he was the detail guy."

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October 30th, 2013 at 6:07 pm

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