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Pentagon May Court Martial Soldiers Who Share Christian Faith

Posted May 2, 2013

The Pentagon has released a statement confirming that soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their faith: "Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense...Court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis...”. 

The statement, released to Fox News, follows a Breitbart News report on Obama administration Pentagon appointees meeting with anti-Christian extremist Mikey Weinstein to develop court-martial procedures to punish Christians in the military who express or share their faith. 


We Can Win. But Only if We Fight to Win.

Posted May 2, 2013

I would submit that Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul are not the problem, but the solution. And I would further submit that those on the right who attack and assail them for daring to fight for their beliefs while in the Gomorrah that is our nation’s capital are the problem. The American people’s anger at Washington is at an all time high. These three are the three most likely to fight Washington on all fronts. They are as easily caricatured now as being on the wrong side of history, reactionary, and fringe as Ronald Reagan was back in the 1980′s fighting commies. But they are, as Reagan was, right.

Since the election of George W. Bush, there has been a serious tension between establishment Republicans who just want to have a majority of Republicans in power to enact “better” government programs and constitutional conservatives who question the wisdom of massively expanded government. Medicare Part D, No Child Left Behind, trillions of dollars of debt, the corrupting force of earmarks and the rapid acceleration of the regulatory state.

The simple fact of the matter is the establishment doesn’t want to fight. What exactly have House Republicans accomplished this year? They kicked off the new Congress with a massive tax hike, they adopted a $60 billion Sandy “emergency” appropriation that was loaded with unrelated spending, they passed a budget balanced on the back of higher Obamacare and fiscal cliff taxes, and they passed a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which violates states’ jurisdiction over criminal law.

But it’s far worse than that. John Boehner, Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy won’t even pretend to fight. Boehner basically plays a game of chicken by stepping aside and saying “you win.” And, he has publicly said he won’t shut the government down. The House “leadership” is running scared from the debt ceiling… and was dead set against Obamacare de-funding. Today, the House “leadership” is telling folks on the Hill it won’t fight the Farm bill. And on immigration – forget it… everyone is running around listening to consultants saying this is the way to win Hispanic votes.


Militia Hired by State Dept. Warned It Wouldn’t Protect Stevens’ Movements in Benghazi

Posted May 2, 2013

(CNSNews.com) - The February 17th Martyrs Brigade, a Benghazi-based militia with Islamist elements that the State Department hired as a “quick reaction force” (QRF) to protect the department’s mission in Benghazi, warned the State Department that it would not protect the movements of Amb. Chris Stevens when he visited there last September.

That warning was relayed to the regional security officer (RSO) at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli--the top security adviser to the ambassador--in an internal State Department email dated Sept. 9, 2012.

That was one day before Stevens departed Tripoli for Benghazi--for what was scheduled to be a four-day visit.


U.S. Taxpayers Spend $355,825 to Reduce Stigmatization of India’s Transgenders

Posted May 2, 2013

(CNSNews.com) – The federal government is spending $355,825 in taxpayer dollars to develop a “culturally relevant stigma-reducing intervention” program for the transgender population in India.

The National Institutes of Health issued a two-phase grant to the Ohio-based Baldwin-Wallace College to conduct the study. The first phase cost $173,221. The second phase cost $182,604.

The reason given for the study is “HIV prevalence is disproportionately high among Male-to-female transgenders (Hijra) in India.”


National Editorial: Religious freedom is threatened by a politically correct Pentagon

Posted May 2, 2013

Political correctness appears to be running amuck in the Pentagon. How else to explain the decision by somebody in the military bureaucracy to ask Mikey Weinstein for advice on religious expression by those in the ranks who happen to be Catholic or evangelical Christians. Weinstein is founder of the one-man nonprofit band known as the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. The MRFF pays him a quarter of a million dollars a year for chasing cameras to preach his special brand of vitriol and bile about Christians.

Recently on Huffington Post, for example, Weinstein apocalyptically called for the suppression of all religious speech that might remotely be characterized as proselytizing because "today, we face incredibly well-funded gangs of fundamentalist Christian monsters who terrorize their fellow Americans by forcing their weaponized and twisted version of Christianity upon their helpless subordinates in our nation's armed forces.


CA High Speed Rail Collapsing under Strain of Corruption

Posted May 2, 2013

California Gov. Jerry Brown’s magical bullet train may not come to fruition after all. According to reports on Tuesday, Brown’s $100 billion vanity project may meet its demise at the hands of the federal government. So far, the California High-Speed Rail Authority has drawn no interest from private funders, who cannot be assured of profit from the enterprise.

Problems bedevil the white elephant project. The High-Speed Rail Authority needs to buy land in order to build the railroad, but it has received no contractual authority to build from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company, which owns a freight line that occupies the space for the new bullet train. Federal grants are contingent on the project having contracts that guarantee the possibility of building. At the same time, the feds are trying to assert authority over the project via the Surface Transportation Board.

Meanwhile, it now turns out that the California Senate Transportation Committee is investigating the bidding process behind the first segment of the railroad. The review process for bidding was changed to allow bidders who had not met technical specs. The winning bid came from a firm with the lowest technical score in the field. The company that won the bid, Tutor Perini Corp., has done work with the state for years. The losers, it has been suggested, will be forced to keep quiet in order to receive reimbursement for their bidding costs.


The Camp Bastion Cover-Up

Posted May 2, 2013

Do you remember what happened last year on 9/14? Where are the White House phone calls for the families who continue to grieve? What is being done to prevent another fatal attack like the one on 9/14? And why is the full truth being withheld from the American public?

Benghazi isn't the only bloody disaster being covered up by the Obama administration. As I reported in a series of columns and blog posts last fall, three days after the deadly siege on our consulate in Libya, the Taliban waged an intricately coordinated, brutal attack on Camp Bastion in Afghanistan. Two heroic U.S. Marines — Lt. Col. Christopher Raible and Sgt. Bradley Atwell — were killed in the battle. Many surviving Marines have been honored for their brave, quick-thinking actions to save their comrades and civilians caught in the crossfire.

Family members are angry that military brass are still trying to suppress details of the fateful budget and strategic decisions that led to the attack. But they won't stay silent. "This is political," one Camp Bastion relative told me this week. "Just like Benghazi, they don't want people to know."


Special operator claims US could have intervened in Benghazi

Posted May 1, 2013

The Marketplace Fairness Act is Unfair

Washington, DC, May 1, 2013     


Jim Bridenstine has decided to oppose the Marketplace Fairness Act (HR 684).  After researching the proposed legislation and conferring with various concerned constituents, the Congressman explained his stand:

Under current law, a state can only collect taxes from retailers that have a physical nexus (presence) in the state.  The growth of online retailers has made it very difficult for states and local tax jurisdictions to generate revenue from their citizens who buy items online from other states.  The Marketplace Fairness Act is federal legislation that empowers states to reach across their borders to compel internet businesses in other states to collect and remit taxes no matter where the online retailer is located.  This would enable my state, Oklahoma, to charge sales tax (in some localities as much as 10%) to a business in New Hampshire when an Oklahoman buys something online from the New Hampshire business.  The New Hampshire business would have to collect and remit the tax to Oklahoma, even though New Hampshire has a sales tax rate of 0.0%.

While I understand the desire of local governments to have access to this revenue, this legislation presents multiple unintended consequences.

1. Oklahoma online retailers could be required to open themselves to tax audits from 49 other states in addition to the IRS.  This would be true of businesses in all other states as well.

2. Five U.S. states have worked very hard to have no sales tax and many internet businesses have located in these states for that reason.  While these states have benefited from the resulting economic activity, this legislation would change the rules in the middle of the game and adversely affect these businesses and states.

3. While it is true that online sales taxes are not new taxes, this bill will have the same negative economic effect as a new tax as more money is taken out of the private sector.

4. Many businesses will simply choose to move offshore or lose business to other offshore retailers.  The Marketplace Fairness Act cannot compel a business in Canada to collect and remit taxes to a U.S. state.  Apart from the lost U.S. economic activity, offshoring will negatively affect U.S. federal revenues.

5. Brick and mortar retailers often assert that online retailers have an unfair tax advantage.  However, once this bill passes the online retailers will be responsible for managing 9,600 or so tax jurisdictions, while the brick and mortar retailers will only manage one tax jurisdiction.  This law doesn’t eliminate unfairness, it just reverses the unfairness.

6. In addition to the regulatory unfairness, this law institutionalizes tax unfairness.  Only companies with over $1 million dollars in sales will be forced to participate.  Straight from the Obama progressive playbook, successful businesses will be punished.

7. Businesses would be required to collect and remit taxes for over 9,600 tax jurisdictions.  Each business will have representation in only one of these jurisdictions.  No taxation without representation is a foundational American principle that this law overturns.

8. This bill empowers local authorities to establish “compacts” to homogenize tax rates.  States and local jurisdictions will no longer compete for the best tax policies.  In the private sector, this would be called price-fixing.

9. Once rates are homogenized, we can expect tax rates to increase since formerly competing tax jurisdictions will no longer compete for businesses to locate in their jurisdictions.  In fact, the incentive will be to impose the highest tax rates to maximize tax revenue from out-of-state businesses.

10. The Republican Party should be the party of young people.  It cannot become so by punishing web entrepreneurs and online commerce.

The current tax system is complex enough.  Business decisions have been based on the current laws.  Let’s not change the rules in the middle of the game unless we have a real improvement.  Taxes must be simplified not made more complex, reduced not expanded.  There exists a solution, but this is not it.  I intend to oppose the Marketplace Fairness Act.


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SOLD: Lawmakers vote to sell-off Texas roads to private corporations

Posted May 2, 2013

Yesterday [April 30], the Texas House joined the Senate in voting for SB 1730 to hand 20 Texas highways to private corporations in controversial contracts called public private partnerships (P3s) or comprehensive development agreements (CDAs) despite public opposition. These sweetheart deals are designed to extract exorbitantly high toll rates, as high as 75 cents per mile, and guarantee profits, using taxpayers to socialize losses and privatize profits.

This crucial vote will effect the next three generations of Texans since P3s grant private, even foreign, entities government-sanctioned monopolies for 50 years. By limiting the expansion of free roads and, in effect, guaranteeing congestion on free routes through non-compete agreements, P3s hamper future transportation needs of the public -- for up to 30 years in Texas. P3s also erode property rights taking land in the name of 'public use,' but turning it into a private purpose for private gain.


In defense of Ted Cruz

Posted May 2, 2013

Sen. Ted Cruz caused an uproar this week after calling some of his Senate Republican colleagues “squishes” for their votes in favor of stricter gun control measures. Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment notwithstanding, it’s hard to see why this created so much controversy.

The media has typically toasted any Republican who is willing to criticize fellow Republicans. This has been true, at various times, of John McCain, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, Richard Lugar, Jon Huntsman, Charlie Crist and Bob Bennett, among others. Of course, in such cases, it’s okay, because those politicians have criticized the Republican Party for being too extreme. They were attacking conservatives and fighting conservative ideas. So, when they were criticizing members of their party, they were truth tellers and reasonable Republicans.

So, Cruz’s sin wasn’t criticizing fellow Republicans. It was the fact that he was a conservative daring to criticize more moderate Republicans.


True the Vote CALL to ACTION: Support HB2372, HB2512, HB2475 & SB160 TODAY

Posted May 2, 2013

True the Vote Call to ActionTime is running out in Austin to make real reforms in our elections. A number of True the Vote NOW proposals have survived the committee hearings and even passed one chamber in some cases. If you haven't made your voice heard in Austin yet, the time is now.

In a matter of minutes, you can help secure reforms that keep fraud at bay and power in citizens' hands. Here's what you need to know:

HB 2372 allows Texas to securely verify its voter rolls with dozens of other states to spot duplicate and fraudulent registrations. ACORN's felon lobbyists have fought hard against this bill. Tell Calendars Chair Rep. Todd Hunter that he must give the bill a vote on the House floor. Email him now.

HB 2512 allows the Secretary of State to verify voter rolls with DPS records. This not only helps keep our records clean, but assists future implementation of our voter ID law. Tell your Representative to vote for HB2512 on May 3rd.

HB 2475 was just sent to the Senate after passing the House. This bill prevents union representatives from "assisting" voters and keeps voter intimidation and thug tactics in check. Tell Senators Duncan, Deuell, Fraser, Nichols and Williams to support HB2475.

SB 160 is now in the House after Senate passage. The bill requires a poll watcher to identify themselves with official badges in the polling place. Representatives Morrison, Klick, Miller and Simmons need to know you support SB 160.

There's big money being spent to change the politics of Texas. These common sense reforms keep the playing field fair and accountable to voters.

Stand up for your rights as a voter - tell Austin to support all of these bills TODAY!

The left’s attack on Ted Cruz

Posted May 2, 2013 ~ Judson Phillips TPN

Have you noticed the attacks on Ted Cruz lately?

Why is the left so anxious to attack Cruz?

It is simple.  Cruz is probably the most effective conservative Senator out there.  Therefore the left and the moderate “squishy” Republicans have decided he must be knee-capped.

First there was Jennifer Rubin, the Washington Post’s conservative impersonator that attacked Cruz, then there was MSNBC’s faux conservative Joe Scarbrough. 


Is your webcam spying on you?

Posted May 2, 2013

Last week, a Texas judge denied a warrant request from the FBI that would have enabled federal gumshoes to snoop through his webcam, raising a question: Should the FBI be allowed to spy on you through your webcam?

An Ars Technica report noted that the practice requested by the bureau was similar to surveillance methods used by an online community called Ratters.

Named after the surveillance software called Remote Access Tools (RAT), Ratters trade secrets on how to hack into and take over webcams on personal computers.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/05/02/is-your-webcam-spying-on-you/#ixzz2S8b9ft9E

Cruz 2016

Posted May 1, 2013

Freshman senator Ted Cruz is considering a presidential run, according to his friends and confidants.

Cruz won’t talk about it publicly, and even privately he’s cagey about revealing too much of his thought process or intentions. But his interest is undeniable.

“If you don’t think this is real, then you’re not paying attention,” says a Republican insider. “Cruz already has grassroots on his side, and in this climate, that’s all he may need.”

“There’s not a lot of hesitation there,” adds a Cruz donor who has known the Texan for decades. “He’s fearless.”

For the moment, Cruz’s inner circle is small: mostly aides from his Senate campaign; his father, Rafael; and his wife, Heidi. They didn’t plan on having these presidential conversations so early in his first term. Yet Cruz’s rapid ascent and a flurry of entreaties from conservative leaders have stoked their interest — and Cruz’s.

“Ted won’t be opening an Iowa office anytime soon, but he’s listening,” says a longtime Cruz associate. “This is all in the early stages; nothing is official. It’s just building on its own.”


GOP Rep. Gohmert To Glenn Beck: Eric Holder's Sympathies Lie With Boston Bombing Suspect

Posted May 1, 2013

Ted Cruz 2016?

Posted May 1, 2013

Will Ted Cruz run for president in 2016? Sources are telling National Review’s Robert Costa that it just might happen.

The freshman senator from Texas is considering a run for president, thanks to an overwhelming amount of grassroots support from conservatives.

“We all see a path, and he does, too,” a former Cruz colleague tells Costa. “This isn’t someone who needs to be told the obvious. He didn’t run for the Senate to get cozy, so no one who knows him is surprised that he’s at least looking at it.”


A Day in the Life of Louie Gohmert

Posted April 30, 2013

On Wednesday April 24, The Daily Caller spent a whole day with Louis Gohmert, the rib-making, baseball-playing, red-meat slinging former Texas judge who now represents Texas’ 1st Congressional District. From the baseball field, to a car ride with he and Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, to a couple of television hits, I shadowed him. Here’s an hour-by-hour breakdown of what I saw:

6:30 a.m.: Baseball Practice

It’s Wednesday and Louis Gohmert is at Simpson Stadium in Alexandria, Va. — “Home of the Titans” — for the GOP’s first practice for the summer baseball game against congressional Democrats.

Gohmert has played in every baseball clash between Democrats and Republicans since he joined Congress in 2005 with the exception of one, due to injury. During one of those games, Gohmert says he tore his ACL when he collided with former Democratic California Rep. Joe Baca at home plate in an effort to score.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/04/30/a-day-in-the-life-of-louie-gohmert/#ixzz2RwmBZPzO

Ted Cruz mocks Senate Republican ‘squishes’

Posted April 30, 2013

In an appearance at a tea party rally Friday, freshman Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) offered a rare look inside Senate vote-jockeying – and took a rare shot at his fellow Republican lawmakers.

Speaking of the recent debate over gun control, Cruz told the audience at a FreedomWorks summit in Texas that the issue “generated more heat” inside the party than any other in recent memory. There were several lunches, he revealed, where fellow Republicans confronted him and his allies “yelling at us at the top of their lungs.”

Along with Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), Cruz put out a letter threatening to filibuster Democratic gun legislation. Republican senators were upset, Cruz said, by town hall attendees demanding they join the effort.



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