On July 4, 1776, fifty-six delegates to the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia to sign the Declaration of Independence, changing the world emphatically and manifesting the idea that liberty is granted by God, not men. More than two centuries later, men and women from all over the world still come to the United States to seek the freedoms and opportunities not available in their home countries. Some have fled tyrannies to come to a nation conceived in liberty. A liberty that was further ratified with the Constitution, adopted in 1787 and the Bill of Rights in 1791. A liberty that has preserved our nation through wars, internal conflict and disastrous economic times. Even in our darkest hours, Americans have maintained our liberty, recognizing that whatever adversities life may bring, the liberty granted by God and claimed by our Founders would remain. Or would it.
It’s hard to imagine that a concept of liberty that has survived for two hundred [...] → Keep reading
Last week the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church voted 310-303 to sell stock in Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard and Motorola Solutions in order to divest their investments from corporations they deem to be supportive of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. The press release from the Presbyterian Church said the three companies in question are alleged to be engaging in “non-peaceful pursuits.” There have been previous attempts at the General Assembly to pass the divestment but the vote always failed until this year. The Presbyterians are now the most prominent religious group in the United States to use divestment as a protest against the Israeli occupation and its policies toward Palestinians. Although their press release attempts to claim otherwise, by divesting from Israel the Presbyterians are symbolically aligning themselves with Hamas. The same Hamas that continually launches rockets into Israel and that just kidnapped and murdered three Israeli youths.
The press release also states that before [...] → Keep reading
Earlier this month, Pope Francis gave a speech to some United Nations officials and said, among other things, that an “equal” form of economic progress can come from “legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the state.” The media and the liberals have pounced all over this and reworded it to be “redistribution of wealth,” which is more palatable to their agenda. Note the very first paragraph in the AP story below, in which they reword his remarks before even quoting what he said.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis called Friday for governments to redistribute wealth and benefits to the poor in a new spirit of generosity to help curb the “economy of exclusion” that is taking hold today.
Francis made the appeal during a speech to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the heads of major U.N. agencies who met in Rome this week.
Latin America’s first pope has frequently lashed out at the injustices of capitalism and [...] → Keep reading
With so much having already been written about Benghazi I have been hesitant to post about it, but I stumbled across something very interesting that could come into play when the Select Committee begins investigating not only what happened at Benghazi on September 11, 2012, but the cover up that followed and the continued attempts by the Obama administration to hide documents and information from Congress and the American people. A former elected official I follow on Twitter who appears to have contacts inside the Republican caucus in Congress has said the Jurney v. MacCracken Supreme Court decision in 1935 will be playing a role in the upcoming investigation. After reading about the case I can certainly see where this decision could have an impact on the proceedings. With former prosecutor Rep. Trey Gowdy running the committee I have every confidence he will use every possible leverage to get at the truth and this decision by the Court could [...] → Keep reading
There’s nothing like an execution to stoke the animosity in people. Those opposed to the death penalty spew their reasons why it should be abolished and those supporting it typically step down into the gutter with the opposition and argue why it should be continued. The ‘botched’ execution in Oklahoma last night has certainly set off a firestorm of opinions on both sides. Naturally, what happened to the murderer being executed is being pounced on by death penalty opponents as a reason why executions are cruel. Some are saying it is a violation of the Eighth Amendment restriction against cruel and unusual punishments. While that would possibly be a valid argument if what happened to Clayton Lockett was, in fact, the sentence as ordered by a court and intended to happen, it was not ordered or intended. To be fair, let’s look at what is being reported as happening.
News OK – The execution, which was supposed to start at [...] → Keep reading
The United States Embassy in Prague has been financing a project run by a Muslim Advocacy Group, the goal of which is to promote Islam in public elementary and secondary schools across the Czech Republic. The project is called Muslims in the Eyes of Czech Schoolchildren and has been authorized by the Czech Ministry of Education to organize lectures and seminars aimed at “teaching Czech schoolchildren about Islamic beliefs and practices” and “fighting stereotypes and prejudices about Muslims.”
This is being reported by the Gatesone Institute, an International Policy Council chaired by former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton.
Gatesone Institute – The group’s website says the first phase of the project involves “analyzing the accuracy of the information about Islam in Czech textbooks on history, geography and social sciences, and mapping the level of teaching about Islam in Czech grammar schools and other secondary schools.”
The second phase of the project involves the implementation of a three-level [...] → Keep reading
I suppose it was just a matter of time before this happened. To the liberals, everything is all about race and it seems like they’ve been shouting it more than usual lately. There’s racism in education, employment, sports, housing, entertainment, politics, religion… And, of course, we have all heard from countless liberals that anyone who opposes Obama is doing so based solely on the color of his skin. Ridiculous. And now the lefties at Think Progress have an article titled “Why Air Pollution Is A Racial Issue.” That’s right; they’re saying there’s racism in air. The article quotes from a study produced by Julian Marshall at the University of Minnesota. He posits that non-white people breathe air that is substantially more polluted than the air that white people breathe. His study released no data or statistics other than a chart showing what he claims is the average nitrogen dioxide exposure for whites and for nonwhites in each state and large [...] → Keep reading
Less than two months ago the Oklahoma Legislature passed a bill that renewed a tax incentive program designed to attract filmmakers to Oklahoma. It had to be voted on twice in the House before being passed and was highly criticized by some lawmakers.
“Aren’t we just reimbursing movie stars who come to town for their motel and meals?” asked Rep. James Lockhart, D-Hartshorne.
“If you could bring the whole city of Hollywood here … I wouldn’t want them,” said Rep. David Dank, R-Oklahoma City.
Tulsa World – Dank and others argued that there is no proof the program helps the state’s economy.
Supporters say it is both good exposure and a sound investment.
The film rebate is one of the smaller business-incentive programs the state offers. Capped at $5 million, it reimburses filmmakers for one-third of qualified expenses generally money spent in the state for payroll, goods or services.
Cast salaries qualify only if the actor is Oklahoma-based.
Reportedly, [...] → Keep reading
I have hesitated to write about the Feds vs. Bundy Ranch until now. There has been so much reported about this situation that it has been difficult to gauge what the truth is about the land involved in this fiasco. Would this situation have even happened if Dirty Harry Reid wasn’t wanting to do a land grab so his son could finalize a deal with the Chinese and make a fortune? Not likely. After all these years of dispute between Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management, why now did they decide to swoop in with a small army of federal officers and helicopters in an attempt to get Bundy off the land in question? Of course everyone knows the answer now that the truth has come out about Reid & son, the head of the BLM (who worked for Reid for 8 years) and the Chinese. Their multimillion dollar deal to put solar panels on the land hit a [...] → Keep reading
If you live in Oklahoma, congratulations, you have made it to Tax Freedom Day! From January 1 until today, every penny you have made goes toward your federal, state and local taxes. This year’s Tax Freedom Day in Oklahoma comes five days later than last year. Americans will pay approximately $3 trillion to the federal government this year and an additional $1.5 trillion to state and local governments. I’m sure every penny of our tax dollars will be spent wisely and not wasted.
If you do not live in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut, be glad. Tax Freedom Day in those states doesn’t come until May. And congratulations to Louisiana for having the only Tax Freedom Day that comes in March.
The Tax Foundation in Washington, D.C. has more analysis on their website and some interesting historical facts about Tax Freedom Day.
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