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Donald Trump's Five Dumbest Twitter Rants

Renowned Twitter troll Donald Trump announced his campaign for president today and is likely to qualify for the GOP’s upcoming presidential debates. Here’s a look at some of his “finest” Twitter moments.

Religious Right Powerbroker David Lane: 'We Are Mobilizing An Army'

The Washington Times today profiled David Lane, the far-right extremist who is working with the Republican National Committee to mobilize conservatives come Election Day, and trains pastors to get “involved in the ‘dirty’ game of politics.”

These trainings, part of Lane’s effort to recruit 1,000 pastors to run for office, have particularly popped up in early primary states, with one speaker, Bruce Waltke, urging “the righteous” in attendance to “defend against the wicked by vigilant and spiritual warfare.”

Presidential candidates such as Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal and Mike Huckabee, the conservative outlet notes, recently joined Lane’s training sessions or are scheduled to do so (Rand Paul and Rick Perry have also made appearances at Lane’s events).

“Fighting back tears, Mr. Lane prayed for mercy over the 55 million babies that have been aborted since Rove v. Wade, the mounting national debt, the growing acceptance of homosexuality and fears of Islamic terrorism,” the article continued, while adding that Lane criticized Caitlyn Jenner’s “perverse” gender transition as a “mark of a decadent society.”

“We are mobilizing an army,” David Lane, founder of American Renewal, told The Washington Times on the sidelines of the training session, which he named after a biblical tribe of Israel that produced wise leaders.

During the six-hour session, Bruce Watke [sic], author of “Proverbs and Politics: The Biblical Foundation for Righteous Governing,” told the rapt attendees that there has been a misunderstanding of the separation of church and state in politics. He used parables to outline the need for Christians to be involved in the “dirty” game of politics.

“The righteous must defend society against the wicked by vigilant and spiritual warfare. If Christians don’t fight, the wicked will plunder their heritage,” Mr. Watke [sic] said. “With hard work, the wise will prevail over the evil as surely as oil protects iron from rust, as cedar wood protects cloth from moths and salt preserves meat from maggots.”

Dave Hageman and Steve Michael, the young political masterminds behind the American Renewal Project’s $2 million ground game in last year’s U.S. Senate races that helped turn out low-propensity evangelical Christian voters, shared a beginner’s guide on running for office, outlined the mechanics of campaign operations and provided some insight into messaging.



In response to a question about Bruce Jenner, he said he feels sorry for the former Olympic athlete, who now goes by the name Caitlyn, whom he argued needs prayer. He shook his head at the attention the “liberal” media have given to his “perverse” behavior.

“The mark of a decadent society is the exaltation and normalization of sin,” he said. “That is what they are doing.”



Fighting back tears, Mr. Lane prayed for mercy over the 55 million babies that have been aborted since Rove v. Wade, the mounting national debt, the growing acceptance of homosexuality and fears of Islamic terrorism.

Some of the big names in Republican Party politics have taken notice. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a declared presidential candidate, attended the second training in Oklahoma, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is expected to enter the presidential race June 24, addressed a training session in Baton Rouge and last week’s session in South Carolina.

Mr. Huckabee is scheduled to appear at the next training session July 10 in Orlando, Florida. Close to 100 pastors have signed up for the event.

Pat Buchanan Agrees Immigration Will Turn America Into 'A Third World Hellhole'

Conservative pundit Pat Buchanan is out with a column, “Is Third World America Inevitable?,” today hailing Ann Coulter’s new book, “Adios, America!,” warning that immigration reform “will mean the end to America as the Western nation we have been, and the beginning of America’s life as what Ann calls, unapologetically, a ‘Third World hellhole.’”

Buchanan warns that ethnic diversity will fuel racial tensions, violence and terrorism, likening the purported dangers of immigration to Russian aggression in Eastern Europe and threats from North Korea.

He also laments that immigration will cripple the electoral prospects of the GOP, predicting that it will soon become “impossible” for a Republican presidential candidate to win a White House bid.

Thousands of U.S. troops safeguard the border of South Korea. U.S. warships patrol the South China Sea to stand witness to the territorial claims of Asian allies against China.

U.S. troops move in and out of the Baltic States to signal our willingness to defend the frontiers of these tiny NATO allies.

Yet nothing that happens on these borders imperils America so much as what is happening on our own bleeding border with Mexico.

Over three decades, that border has been a causeway into the USA for millions of illegal immigrants who are changing the face of America – to the delight of those who think the country we grew up in was ugly.

All sides of this quarrel have been using the figure of 11 million people here illegally. In her new best-seller “Adios, America!” Ann Coulter makes a compelling case that the real figure is close to 30 million.

If that is true, and if the next president embraces amnesty and a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, that will mean the end to America as the Western nation we have been, and the beginning of America’s life as what Ann calls, unapologetically, a “Third World hellhole.”



Politically, immigrants from Third World countries, as they rely upon government for food, housing assistance, health care and the education of their children, support the Party of Government.

Mitt Romney lost the two fastest-growing major minorities, Hispanics and Asians, who now account for more than a fifth of our population and a seventh of our voters, by 40 points. And as their numbers and voting percentages rise, the GOP will find that reaching 270 electoral votes is not only more difficult than in Reagan’s day, it has become impossible.

Among the myths or lies drummed into the heads of Americans is that we have always been a “nation of immigrants,” and “diversity,” i.e., racial, ethnic and religious diversity, “is a strength.”



Has the addition of tens of millions of Asian and African Muslims strengthened the Old Continent that ruled the world? Or do they imperil its security and survival as the cradle and heartland of the West?

As racial, ethic [sic] and religious hatreds pull people apart and create terrorists all over our disintegrating world, why would we make ourselves ever more diverse?

David Lane: 'Homosexual Fascism' Will Destroy America

David Lane, the Religious Right political organizer with deep ties to the Republican Party and a long record of extremist statements, is out with a warning about the upcoming Supreme Court case on marriage equality, warning in Charisma magazine yesterday that “the law has been drained of all truth by judicial secularists and relativists.” The Supreme Court’s rulings on church-state separation, Lane said, have “guaranteed the spiritual collapse of America.” Now, he warns, the Supreme Court is going to intensify “the threat posed by militant homosexuals.”

Lane said that “homosexual activists” are moving from “libertarianism” to “totalitarianism” and ultimately to “homosexual fascism.”

“Spiritual blindness permeates this once Christian people who now cannot recognize that the murder of 55 million babies in their mother’s womb, red ink as far as the eye can see, homosexuals praying at the Inauguration, and ISIS camped eight miles from the U.S. Border in Mexico portends the coming judgment of God,” Lane said. “Homosexual intercourse and homosexual marriage are merely the characteristic marks of a decadent society. Caitlin [sic] Jenner is simply the latest role model ‘showcased’ for our children to emulate, sanctioned by public education, higher learning, the main street media and Hollywood. Secularists are dismantling America brick-by-brick.”

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on the homosexual marriage case on June 29. A pro-homosexual marriage opinion by the Justices will be an easy decision to disobey for Christians. The choice is obedience to Christ or obedience to the state.

Since the law has been drained of all truth by judicial secularists and relativists, what is good and what is evil are apparently determined by whatever five Supreme Court Justices can agree to on any given day.

Secularist values are not only different from, but also sharply antithetical to Christianity. The Justices' removal of the Bible from public schools in 1963—the fixed point in order to structure and judge society for 350 years—guaranteed the spiritual collapse of America.



This seems to be as good a time as any to speak of the threat posed by militant homosexuals. Homosexual activists once demanded libertarianism: "Grant us the right to live our lives in the privacy of our homes." Now, they have transitioned into totalitarianism: "Christian bakers, florists and photographers must take part in our homosexual weddings or be destroyed and bankrupted." But what comes next is homosexual fascism: "The followers of Jesus are going to celebrate and applaud same-sex marriage or spend time in jail."



Spiritual blindness permeates this once Christian people who now cannot recognize that the murder of 55 million babies in their mother's womb, red ink as far as the eye can see, homosexuals praying at the Inauguration, and ISIS camped eight miles from the U.S. Border in Mexico portends the coming judgment of God. Homosexual intercourse and homosexual marriage are merely the characteristic marks of a decadent society. Caitlin Jenner is simply the latest role model "showcased" for our children to emulate, sanctioned by public education, higher learning, the main street media and Hollywood. Secularists are dismantling America brick-by-brick.

We need a Gideon or Rahab the Harlot to make a stand.

'Homosexuals Worship Their Own Genitals'

On the Friday edition of “Washington Watch,” Craig James of the Family Research Council discussed a case in New Jersey where an ex-gay therapy organization has been charged with consumer fraud. One caller told James that “the whole homosexual movement is really like a religion and the religion is sex and they worship their own genitals,” which he said is “something that needs to be pointed out in lawsuits by Republicans and anybody in office.”

James added that “there is an agenda” and “the agenda is to shut down” anyone who opposes homosexuality.

“They’re trying to shut down my Christian beliefs,” James said. “That’s the agenda. The proof is in the pudding in the way it’s moving right now.”

Iowa Conservatives Float Prosecuting Organizers Of Anti-Bullying Summit

Iowa state Rep. Greg Heartsill has been rallying his fellow Republicans against the Governor’s Conference on LGBTQ Youth, an annual event organized by the anti-bullying group Iowa Safe Schools.

On Friday, Heartsill spoke to talk show host Jan Mickelson, who frequently hosts GOP presidential candidates on his Iowa-based program, about the conference, and was also joined by Republican state Rep. Steve Holt.

Mickelson was so outraged about the event that he said that the organizers should be criminally prosecuted for violating obscenity laws, and Heartsill said that he plans to be in contact with the county attorney for Polk County, where the conference was held, to see if summit organizers broke the law.

“There’s possibility a criminal element,” Heartsill said.

Holt agreed with Mickelson’s assessment, claiming that the summit material “seems to violate Iowa law.”

“If this were attempted just a generation ago, there would be people in jail already,” Mickelson said, adding: “We really have quickly deteriorated as a culture.”

Jeb Bush's Five Worst Moments

After accidentally announcing his presidential candidacy back in May, Jeb Bush is making his White House bid official today in Miami. He is a favorite of some of the GOP’s billionaire backers, hoping that he is more electable than the fifteen other likely and announced presidential candidates. But while some party brokers may find Bush to be the most electable candidate, he has staked out far-right stances on issues such as women’s rights, while building a suspect record on business, personal privacy and voting rights.

5) Shaming Women, Chipping Away at Rights

Before GOP-controlled legislatures across the country passed a flood of new measures restricting abortion rights following the 2010 wave election, Bush championed anti-choice laws, such as later-term bans and parental notification, while governor of Florida. CNN reports that Bush "vigorously sought restrictions on abortion while governor," noting that "Bush's abortion activism shocked some state officials who believed he was reaching beyond the powers of his office."

In 2003, Bush unsuccessfully tried to get the courts to appoint a guardian for the fetus of a 22-year-old disabled woman with cerebral palsy and autism, who became pregnant after being raped by an operator of a state-supervised group home.

In 2005, he intervened in the case of 13-year-old girl, known as L.G., who was a ward of the state and was 13½ weeks pregnant when she tried to get an abortion. Bush fought hard to prevent the procedure, but was overruled by a judge.

Courts rebuffed Bush’s attempt to give fetuses personhood rights and dropped a legal challenge in the case of a pregnant 13-year-old girl, but it's no wonder that he has boasted of being "probably the most pro-life governor in modern times."

Such an approach to women's rights becomes even less surprising considering Bush’s musings about "the restoration of shame," where he waxed nostalgic for "shotgun weddings" and times when unmarried pregnant women faced stigmatization and disgrace in their communities.

4) Terri Schiavo Fiasco

In a cynical, political stunt designed to please Religious Right voices within the GOP, Bush attempted to interfere in one family’s legal case regarding end-of-life decisions. The dispute centered around Terri Schiavo, a Florida woman who was in a persistent vegetative state for 15 years after experiencing "massive and irreversible brain damage." Her husband said that she had told him that she would not want to be kept alive in such circumstances, while her parents disputed the findings surrounding her medical condition.

Florida courts sided with her husband, but Bush felt that he knew better, successfully urging the state legislature to pass a law giving “Bush the power to intervene in the case.” The law was struck down by state courts as patently unconstitutional, but helped turn one family’s tragedy into a national controversy and Religious Right crusade, sparking several violent threats against her husband.

When a state law didn't work, Bush helped convinced a GOP-led Congress and his brother, the president, to pass and sign a law giving Schiavo’s parents the power to appeal in the federal courts, which ultimately decided not to hear their legal challenges.

Nonetheless, Bush still tried to intervene in the case by attempting to bring Schiavo under state custody, another ploy rejected by the courts. The governor had also suggested — falsely — that her husband had been abusive and had him investigated. Bush is now touting his handling of the Schiavo case as proof of his conservative credentials.

3) Business Ventures Gone Bad, Very Bad

Being the son of President George H.W. Bush gave him a leg-up in business ventures, so when Bush traveled to Nigeria on a visit to secure a major deal for an industrial water pumps company called the M.W.I Corporation, he was greeted "as a hero." The company was eventually "found guilty in a federal civil case of misleading the U.S. government to secure taxpayer-funded loans," as the group hid tens of millions of dollars it paid to a Nigerian middle-man when it successfully applied for loans from the U.S. Export-Import Bank. The middle-man was accused of "using Ex-Im loan money to bribe Nigerian officials ... with suitcases full of cash."

Another company with close Bush ties, the manufacturer InnoVida, had its leaders sent to jail after they were convicted of fraud. The Ideon Group, a credit card company linked with Bush, was run into the ground, and board members, including Bush, had to settle lawsuits over charges of "stock manipulation and weak oversight." Bush also sat on the board of a Swiss soap maker which made false financial reports, where he was once again sued for "insufficient oversight."

Bush continued to rise in the business world, despite this record, when he was tapped as a consultant for Lehman Brothers. After hiring Bush, Lehman secured deals with the Florida's State Board of Administrators, where Bush had served as a trustee while governor, which ended up costing the state over $1 billion in losses. Lehman also dispatched Bush to win the help of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim to stave off the firm's collapse, a mission nicknamed "Project Verde" which ultimately failed. But Bush landed on his feet, as he then served as an adviser to Barclays, the British bank which took over much of Lehman's portfolio.

2) Alternating Answers On Iraq

Jeb Bush says his brother, former president George W. Bush, will be his chief adviser on the Middle East, along with Iraq War architect Paul Wolfowitz. Therefore, it was no surprise when Jeb Bush originally said that he would still invade Iraq knowing what we know now that the country did not have weapons of mass destruction, a position shared by his brother.

The criticism of his comments was swift, even from conservative talk show hosts like Laura Ingraham, who said: "You can't still think that going into Iraq, now, as a sane human being, was the right thing to do."

Bush tried to do damage control by appearing on Sean Hannity’s radio show, telling the friendly interviewer that he "interpreted the question wrong," but still wouldn’t reveal his position whether he would still invade Iraq. "I don’t know what that decision would have been, that's a hypothetical," he told Hannity. The next day, Bush still refused to say whether he would invade Iraq even though the country didn’t have WMDs, saying such a prospect would be a "disserve" to soldiers.

Eventually, following mounting criticism, Bush said that he "would not have gone into Iraq," his fourth and possibly final answer on the matter, while adding that he blames the conflict in Iraq on President Obama.

1) 2000 Voting Debacle

Just prior to the 2000 election, Bush oversaw an effort to purge voting lists of convicted felons who are barred from voting. However, the process was "riddled with mistakes" and resulted in around 12,000 wrongly purged voters, disproportionately African Americans. Just prior to the 2000 election, the Brennan Center for Justice reported that "Florida registrants were purged from the rolls if 80 percent of the letters of their last names were the same as those of persons with criminal convictions," and on top of that, the lists used to find voters to purge from the rolls included many Floridians who were not felons.

The problems affecting minority voters didn't end there.

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights further found that Bush and other statewide officials, in a "gross dereliction" of duty, had "ignored" mounting evidence of election-related problems, noting that "while African Americans comprised about 11% of all voters in Florida in the November 2000 presidential election, African Americans cast about 54% of the ballots that were rejected in the election." Far from an equal process, the report found that counties with larger Hispanic and black populations "were more likely to use voting systems with higher spoilage rates" than wealthier, predominantly white counties. These spoiled ballots broke heavily for Al Gore, according to a Florida State University analysis.

George W. Bush officially won Florida by a 537 vote margin.

Right-Wing Radio Host: Gay Marriage Leads To 'Enslavement'

The right-wing outlet WorldNetDaily spoke today to Phyllis Schlafly, the founder of Eagle Forum, and far-right talk show host Carl Gallups about the upcoming Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality. Schlafly said that people should worry about the emergence of anti-Christian “persecution” if the court decides to strike down state bans on same-sex marriage, while Gallups predicted that Christians may even face “enslavement.”

Gallups repeatedly insisted that the legalization of gay marriage will allow the government to force pastors to officiate same-sex couples’ weddings, a baseless prediction and an event that has never happened in the thirty-seven states that already have equal marriage laws.

Even worse, Gallups says, people will experience “economic destruction” unless they rise up and “take measures like our Founding Fathers took.”

Schlafly also highlighted the danger posed to private individuals and businesses because of homosexual activists looking for targets for lawsuits. And she mourns the loss of the free country she says she has lived in “all of my life.”

“Persecuting Christians … that’s not the country we live in. We have the First Amendment. We have freedom of religion. That was a basic element of American policy. And now many, many people think we are about to lose it, and Obama is doing nothing to calm their fears.”

Carl Gallups, a radio host, pastor, and author of “Final Warning: Understanding the Trumpet Days of Revelation,” is one of those people. He says American pastors may face a real test of faith.

“If the Supreme Court declares homosexual marriage to be the law of the land, pastors will have a lot of important decisions to make. If the government were to focus in on the churches and say you have to perform gay weddings or give up tax-exempt status, what will these preachers do? Will they stand on the word of God, and with the historical foundation of civilized societies, or will they cave in – in the name of financial and political expediency?”



Gallups warns what is at stake is the creation of nothing less than a new legal and religious order built upon the destruction of the First Amendment.

He maintains, “If the government can force a church to perform homosexual weddings, then in effect the First Amendment to the Constitution has been completely destroyed. At that point, the government is creating a new religion, a new state church, because they are saying what Christianity is and is not.



Gallups looks to history for examples of how Americans can resist the kind of possible “enslavement” he sees coming for Christians.

He asks believers: “When the First Amendment is gone – trampled in the dirt under our nose, and we are forced to submit to godlessness at gunpoint or economic destruction, will we roll over and put ourselves under the tyranny of those who would desire to enslave us and dominate us? Or will we take measures like our Founding Fathers took?”

He continued, “Never forget, our Founding Fathers stated in the Declaration of Independence that it was our duty to take the same stand that they took should a future ‘regime’ threaten to do to us what King George did to the colonies. Many believe that day might quickly be approaching. That’s a tough thing to consider, but I think pastors, Christians, and every freedom loving, Constitution-loving American had best consider the possibility.

“[The Founding Fathers] began with every peaceful means at their disposal, until violence was eventually threatened and inflicted upon them. At that point it came time to defend their lives, the lives of their families, church families, and neighbors – and their freedom.

“I hope and pray that this never happens. That’s why I, and so many others like me, are working fervently to restore and preserve our constitutional republic with every peaceful and prayerful means possible. Because as long as the Constitution, and especially the First Amendment, is upheld, the government cannot force us to perform a homosexual wedding – in so doing they would be establishing our religious tenants with government decree and sanction. We can easily co-exist with people of different beliefs. But once the First Amendment is gone and the government can tell people what to do in the deep matters of biblical faith that is tyranny – and that is something different altogether.”

Phyllis Schlafly does not believe it will come to anything like that because “the American people won’t put up with it.”

Richard Land: Gays Seizing America's 'Cultural Icons'

Richard Land, the former head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s political arm, appeared on “Sandy Rios In The Morning” this week to discuss growing support for gay rights and acceptance of homosexuality in the U.S.

Land blamed such trends on “a broad cultural assault on biblical values through the media, through entertainment [and] through MTV,” specifically calling out the “gay and lesbian, bisexual community” for its “sustained campaign” to “propagandize” Americans.

“These people have gone after the icons in our culture,” Land said. “They’ve gone after the military, they’ve gone after the Boy Scouts, they’ve gone after Disney, and you’re seeing a gradual waning of the influence of the worldview that made America what it is, the Judeo-Christian worldview.”

Paranoia-Rama: Abortion Caused The Drought, 'Wrecking Ball' Obama Ushering In The End Times

It seems that immigration, gay rights and legal abortion are all about to destroy America, and there is nothing conservatives can do to stave off destruction until President Obama leaves office … unless, of course, Hillary Clinton gets elected, in which case we’re all doomed.
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