Network neutrality is the idea that [internet service providers] should treat all internet traffic equally. It says your ISP shouldn’t be allowed to block or degrade access to certain websites or services, nor should it be allowed to set aside a "fast lane" that allows content favored by the ISP to load more quickly than the rest.
On his radio broadcast today, Beck delivered a truly amazing diatribe against net neutrality during which he ironically made the case for net neutrality without even realizing it, mainly because he has no idea what he is talking about.
"Net neutrality is the global warming of the internet," Beck asserted, falsely claiming that the government is seeking to regulate the internet which, he claims, will ruin "the freedom of the internet."
Beck's view is entirely backwards, as net neutrality actually seeks to preserve the open and free internet that he was praising, so it was only natural that Beck then launched into a passionate attack on net neutrality by claiming that it would allow the government to shut down voices that it doesn't like.
Beck's own The Blaze network relies heavily upon the open and free internet that net neutrality seeks to preserve, but Beck apparently doesn't realize that and so he spent an entire segment arguing against it by claiming that internet service providers can seek to shut down his network by slowing down access to the content he produces, thereby making it more difficult for consumers to access.
Under current FCC regulations, such actions are prohibited and the entire purpose of net neutrality is to permanently prevent exactly that sort of thing from becoming legal. As such, one would think that Beck would support it ... but no.
"Because the government is only going to protect those who are playing ball with the government," Beck claimed.
Things got even more bizarre when co-host Pat Gray weighed in, demanding to know why the Obama administration was claiming that it wants to ensure that the internet remains free and accessible.
"It already is!" Gray said. "It can't get any more free and it can't get any more accessible that it is right now ... There's not a problem now, so don't create one."
Today's free and open and accessible internet is the very thing that net neutrality is designed to preserve, but apparently nobody on Beck's entire staff can understand that basic fact.
Appearing on the "Bible News Radio" program on Monday, newly elected Republican legislator Gordon Klingenschmitt voiced his confusion as to why his election to a seat in the Colorado House of Representatives has generated so much controversy and criticism, wondering "why would people hate a chaplain?"
Klingenschmitt, who has a long and well-documented history of saying an endless stream of truly insane things, seemed utterly mystified as to why his becoming an elected representative would be of concern to anyone.
"I'm just a guy who believes the Bible," he said. "I love Jesus. I love people. I'm a man of faith and compassion."
Klingenschmitt asserted that while he has defended the religious freedom of atheists, Jews, and Muslims, he is unfairly being singled out for harassment because he is a Christian.
"There is a backlash against the name of Jesus," Klingenschmitt said. "People do not want God to rule their hearts and a lot of people are offended when a chaplain or a man of faith gets elected to political office. But thank God, the voters in my district were very conservative and very open to religious freedom":
On his radio broadcast on Monday, Bryan Fischer praised Sen. Ted Cruz's opposition to President Obama's support for net neutrality by falsely claiming that it prevents customers from being allowed to pay more for faster internet service.
Like the National Religious Broadcasters, Fischer's opposition to net neutrality seems rooted in a complete lack of understanding about what net neutrality actually is, since he falsely insists that preserving the principle of an open internet would prevent service providers from offering plans with different internet speeds.
Charging different prices for different internet speeds is already a common practice, obviously, but Fischer laughably claims that net neutrality — which is the standard that is currently in place — would outlaw this practice.
"We can't let internet providers give people who are willing to pay more money faster speeds on the internet," Fischer said, paraphrasing his misunderstanding of net neutrality. "We can't charge people less if they're willing to accept slower speeds on the internet":
Gary Cass sent out a fundraising email to supporters of his Christian Anti-Defamation Commission today seeking donations so that his organization can continues its fight against the "tyrannical state" which seeks to "force us to comply with unjust laws that promote an anti-Christian agenda."
In particular, Cass warned that "homosexuals are demanding rights that don't exist at the expense of our legitimate, God-given rights" and so he desperately needs donations to fight back against the idea that people are born gay because it "mocks God, confuses our children, corrupts our culture and damns the souls of those who refuse to forsake their sin and follow Christ":
To argue a person is born a homosexual, and therefore has no control over his sexual urges, is a denial of their fundamental humanity. We live in a world where MAN HAS MORAL AGENCY AND IS ACCOUNTABLE for his actions. Our whole judicial system is predicated on this assumption.
We don't let people get away with theft or murder because they claim to have been born with urges they can't control. There are lots of sexual urges that are contrary to God's will and must not be indulged, including adultery, fornication, rape, incest and a myriad of corrupt things that are too scandalous to be mentioned.
Yet, there is a sense in which we can concede sinful urges are "normal." We know mankind is fallen in sin and we are all born with sinful impulses. But, we still expect people to obey the laws of nature and the moral law of God, otherwise we could use our fallen natures to justify ANY sinful act.
We all laughed when comedian Flip Wilson would quip, "the Devil made me do it," yet, when homosexuals say, "my genetics made me do it," we are supposed to take them seriously. Mankind is always blame shifting. THE TWISTED "BORN THAT WAY" ARGUMENT ULTIMATELY SHIFTS THE BLAME TO GOD!
Must we allow sinful desires to be expressed even though they are harmful and self-destructive? As a Christian we say absolutely NOT. Sin has corrupted man's sexual desires and this requires that we repent and submit our sexuality to God.
No one is born a homosexual and to argue that homosexuals have no "choice" in the matter is an emotional argument, not a logical or factual one. Homosexuality is a sad, disordered, unnatural lifestyle completely at odds with the laws of nature and the Bible. The "born this way" myth is just another liberal hoax meant to silence those who oppose their twisted behavior.
The only thing standing between a full-blown, sexually corrupt culture is the Christian church and our commitment to Scripture. Unfortunately the old, liberal mainline protestant churches have been co-opted by homosexuals and are dying. Now new attempts are being made to co-opt the conservative evangelical church.
While we have empathy for people trapped in homosexuality, it's not loving to allow the "born homosexual" lie to go unchallenged. Homosexuality mocks God, confuses our children, corrupts our culture and damns the souls of those who refuse to forsake their sin and follow Christ.
National Religious Broadcasters, the televangelist group that pledges to “be for the First Amendment what the NRA is for the Second Amendment,” today blasted President Obama’s support for net neutrality, saying that the president’s position “sends a particularly poor signal to communist China.”
In a statement, NRB calls net neutrality a “power grab of the internet” and says that the policy somehow threatens “free speech” and distracts from the Federal Communications Commission’s mission of “promoting the values of free speech, free exercise of religion, and a free press for citizen user-generated content that is transmitted over the Internet.”
Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB, spoke out today against the President’s call for increased government control over the Internet.
“Free speech and free enterprise are the bedrock of the Internet,” stated Dr. Johnson. “This federal power grab being advocated by President Obama is, unfortunately, right in line with others by this Administration. It sends a particularly poor signal to communist China, where he is visiting this week.”
“Let me say that the President does have a valid concern that providers not block legal online content that they do not prefer or like,” continued Dr. Johnson. “Indeed, I would challenge him to consider that ‘edge providers’ like Facebook also should not engage in viewpoint censorship.”
“However, he is very wrong to insist that the FCC unilaterally assume heavy-handed Title II authority over the Internet,” asserted Dr. Johnson. “If the FCC feels it needs such power, the Executive Branch should ask Congress for it, and see what the people’s representatives permit. That is how our Republic works.”
In its public filing last summer with the FCC on this net neutrality proceeding, NRB stated:
We believe that the Commission has sufficient, though narrow, authority under section 706, as well as ancillary jurisdiction under Title I of the Communications Act of 1934, to provide an adequate basis for limited, restrained jurisdiction; but asserting jurisdiction under Title II with its heavy hand of telecommunications regulations is ill-advised….Moreover, we believe that this narrow range of FCC authority should be fixed on two objectives: (1) fostering competitive, free enterprise innovation regarding Internet services, applications, and devices, and (2) promoting the values of free speech, free exercise of religion, and a free press for citizen user-generated content that is transmitted over the Internet.
Bryan Fischer kicked off his radio program today with a reading from the Book of Deuteronomy which, he claimed, proves that God supports a flat tax.
Echoing the sorts of claims that we routinely hear from David Barton, Fischer read from Deuteronomy 14, in which God instructed the Israelites to "be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year," citing it as evidence that "God believes in a flat tax."
"That's what a tithe is, it's a tax," Fischer said. "It's a tax on the labor of your hands, it's a tax on the fruit of your labor. It's a tax on the grapes that you produce, the grain that you harvest, the wine that you produce, the oil that your olive trees produce. It's a ten percent tax. It was a flat tax":
After the Republican gains in last week's election, right-wing activists immediately sent a letter to Senate Republicans urging them not to re-institute the 60-vote threshold for overriding filibusters against judicial nominees when they take control of the Senate in the next term, after Democrats eliminated it through the so-called "nuclear option" last year.
Among those who signed on to the letter was Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver, who discussed the importance of banning the use of the filibuster on today's "Faith and Freedom" radio broadcast by asserting that doing so would somehow teach the Democrats a lesson by forcing President Obama to now nominate more moderate judicial candidates.
Staver and co-host Shawn Akers both seemed convinced that not re-instituting the 60-vote filibuster threshold would somehow constrain Obama for the remainder of his term and gloated as if this was sort of ironic comeuppance for the Democrats for having changed the rule.
"The Democrats wanted to hurt America by taking it away," Staver said, "and putting in these radical nominees. Now they're going to have the live with the medicine. They're going to live with what they did. We shouldn't re-institute it on these judges and this will help us block these radical judges. Obama is either gonna not be able to appoint anybody to the bench or he's going to have to moderate and bring some people in that are not these radicals that he's been putting on the benches across the country":
Of course, the entire point of doing away with the filibuster was because Republicans, who were in the minority, had been using it to routinely block the Democratic majority in the Senate from confirming President Obama's judicial nominees. They went so far as to use the filibuster to prevent President Obama from filling any vacancies on the critically important D.C. Circuit Court, and vowed to continue to do so regardless of who he nominated.
Next term, the Republicans will be in control of the Senate and will be able to block the confirmation of Obama's judicial nominees simply by virtue of being the majority party. The likelihood of Democrats seeking to block any of President Obama's judicial nominees is virtually nonexistent, so maintaining the ban on the use of the judicial filibuster will literally have no impact whatsoever.
In 2012, People For the American Way Foundation published a memo highlighting many of the legislative and administrative tactics states were using to undermine voter participation in elections, all under trumped-up claims of “voter fraud.”
Now according to a new Brennan Center report, recently-enacted restrictive voter laws may have helped tip the scales in the 2014 midterm elections this past Tuesday. A number of states around the country have implemented restrictions to voting, including new voter ID laws, cuts to early voting, and faulty voter purges. These changes have been found to have a negative impact on low-income voters, minority communities and young voters.
As quoted in a Mother Jones article yesterday, report author Wendy Weiser pointed out, "In several key races, the margin of victory came very close to the likely margin of disenfranchisement." One example from the article:
North Carolina Senate: Republican House state speaker Thom Tillis beat incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan by 48,000 votes.
In 2013, North Carolina enacted a law—which Tillis helped write—limiting early voting and same-day registration, which the Justice Department warned would likely depress minority turnout. During the last midterms in 2010, about 200,000 North Carolinians cast their ballots during early voting days that the state's new voting law eliminated.
To read more about the attack on voters and how you can help fight back, check out The Right To Vote section on our website.
While appearing on NewsmaxTV today, Richard Land echoed Phyllis Schlafly's call for Republicans, now that they have gained control of the Senate, to refuse to confirm even one more judge nominated by President Obama for the remainder of his term in office.
Land said that Senate Republicans need to simply inform Obama that there is now "a two year moratorium on any confirmation of federal judges."
"The American people have lost confidence in your leadership as president," Land recommend that the GOP tell Obama, "and we're going to not confirm any judicial nominations in the Senate until after the American people have had an opportunity to elect a new president":
On his radio broadcast today, Glenn Beck mentioned that he is bringing in a Hollywood makeup artist tomorrow to make him up to look like a ninety-year-old man so that he can film a segment for his upcoming end-of-the-year special in which he recounts, in the year 2054, how 2014 was the year that religious freedom was lost forever.
As Beck explained, he'll be made up to appear as a decrepit and disheveled ninety-year-old man who lives alone in an abandoned warehouse in post-apocalyptic wasteland in which religion has been outlawed. Secreted away among his belongings, Beck revealed, will be a tattered copy of the Bible, which is now contraband and which merely possessing is enough to get him killed.
And it all began, future Beck will warn, when city officials in Houston, Texas, issued subpoenas to five local pastors in response to a lawsuit filed by anti-gay activists in an effort to overturn the city's nondiscrimination ordinance in 2014:
Glenn Beck has now reached the point where, literally no matter what is happening, it is a harbinger of gloom and chaos.
While, for the last several years, Beck has been absolutely certain that the Obama administration has been intentionally implementing energy policies designed to drive up oil and gas prices in order to collapse the system, today oil and gas prices are falling dramatically and the price of a gallon of gas is under $3.00 for the first time in four years.
While high gas prices were a dire threat to America, according to Beck, so too apparently are low gas prices, as he is now warning that "this is actually not good for the United States of America" because lower oil prices will lead to destabilization in places like Saudi Arabia and Russia, which will lead to war.
"When you destabilize the world even more, it causes more problems," Beck said, "and they will do what they have to do boost the prices around the world. We're not far from war as it is and the economy is in real trouble here. When you have people like Saudi Arabia, unscrupulous, and Russia, totally unscrupulous, and they want their money, they'll get it":
"Coach" Dave Daubenmire is the sort of Religious Right activist who believes that airplane chemtrails are spreading chemical weapons, openly defends Fred Phelps, entertains conspiracies about 9/11, FEMA camps and martial law, and all-around just doesn't like gays because he is "sick and tired of being sodomized by the left."
With a reasonable record like that, it obviously behooves us all to take seriously Daubenmire's concerns that President Obama's reaction to Republican election victories demonstrates that Obama is an inhuman, demon-possessed sociopath, not unlike Charles Manson or Ted Bundy:
I am not asking this with my tongue in my cheek. I am as serious as a judge. As I sit here and write, I am listening to Mr. Obama’s press conference. Something is very wrong with this guy. He is either mentally ill or demon possessed. Either choice is a possibility. But something is definitely wrong with him. He seems somehow inhuman.
I watch him on the TV. I watch him in his press conference. I watch his eyes as he responds to the media’s questions. I believe he is a sick, dangerous man.
I Googled the word ‘sociopath’. “A person with a psychopathic personality whose behavior is antisocial, often criminal, and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.”
Bingo. That’s him. That’s the guy living the life of President of the United States.
I went a bit further and Googled “Characteristics of a Sociopath.” Read it for yourself. Permit me to summarize. You recognize his mental illness by these traits.
-An oversized ego.
-Lying and showing manipulative behavior.
-Incapable of showing empathy.
-No lack of shame or remorse.
-Staying eerily calm in dangerous situations.
-Behaving irresponsibly or with extreme impulsivity.
-Having few close friends.
-Being charming —but only superficially.
-Living by the pleasure principle.
-Showing disregard for societal norms.
-Having intense eyes.
The man is either sick or non-human. He does not react like a normal human being.
Sociopaths are dangerous. Some famous sociopaths in recent history include Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and John Wayne Gacy.
You laugh at me. You ridicule what I say because I compare him to serial killers. Go ahead. Laugh. He displays all of the characteristics of the above mentioned goons. They were charismatic and likeable.
What kind of man plays golf after a young man’s head is chopped off? What kind of man disappears for hours while some of his “employees” are being killed overseas? What kind of man permits a deadly disease to be freely introduced into a society? What kind of man acts as if he won when the whole world watched him lose? What kind of man believes his own lies?
President Obama is either sick or demon possessed. Red flags are everywhere we look.
Will his own party stop him? Will anyone stop him? President Obama is a sick, dangerous man.
On Sunday evening, anti-gay Religious Right activists gathered in Houston, Texas for an "I Stand Sunday" event, designed to protest subpoenas issued by the city government to five local pastors in response to a lawsuit filed by activists attempting to overturn the city's nondiscrimination ordinance.
The American Family Association's radio broadcasting arm was among the main sponsors of the event and Bryan Fischer was there in person to cover the rally, so naturally he declared on his radio broadcast today that this prayer event played a key role in the Republican victories in last night's election.
"It occurred to me last night," Fischer said, that "a good part of Sunday night was a lot of these pastors in Houston and a lot of people all around the country kneeling in prayer on the floor of that auditorium, repenting of sins, seeking God for forgiveness for ourselves and for this land. And then, on Tuesday, we have this dramatic victory. I've got to believe there's a connection there":
Allen West was a guest on Newsmax's "MidPoint" radio program today where he declared, with the help of some absurdly leading questions from host Ed Berliner, that Republicans were victorious last night because black voters have finally started to realize that everything the Democrats have said for the last half-decade is nothing but a collection of lies.
After Berliner declared that the Democratic strategy in this election amounted to little more than hateful fear-mongering, West said that such tactics should not come as a surprise to anyone who knows anything about history.
"You look at the history of the Democrat Party and it's always been about fear-mongering, intimidation of the voters, coercion," West said. "They're the party of segregation. They're the party of the Ku Klux Klan. They're the party of Jim Crow. They're the party of poll taxes and literacy tests and things of this nature, it's just that they continue to do it except with a different type of tactic in the Twenty-First Century."
When Berliner asked West if black voters are now finally starting to see that "what the Democrats have been telling them for the last fifty or sixty years are just a collection of lies that are finally coming back to haunt them," West readily agreed, saying "I do believe so."
Of course, according to exit polls, nearly 90 percent of African American voters backed Democratic candidates:
Gordon "Dr. Chaps" Klingenschmitt, a radical anti-gay Religious Right activist who brags of having once tried to rid of woman of the "foul spirit of lesbianism" through an exorcism and who openly proclaims that "American law needs to reflect God's law" and that our foreign policy must be based on the Bible, won election to the Colorado House of Representatives last night.
Klingenschmitt, who wrote a book about how President Obama is possessed by demons and once performed an exorcism of Obama, ran an utterly embarrassing campaign yet nonetheless managed to defeat his Democratic opponent by nearly 40 points.
Since Klingenschmitt is now officially an elected Republican legislator, it seems like a good opportunity to take a look back at the radical views he will now be bringing into the Colorado legislature.
Klingenschmitt is a viciously anti-gay theocrat who believes that gay people "want your soul" and may sexually abuse their own children, which is why he says they should face government discrimination since only people who are going to heaven are entitled to equal treatment by the government:
He has declared that judges who strike down gay marriage bans are "imposing the Devil's law upon people" and are deceiving people into Hell, warning that these rulings will eventually be overturned by Jesus, who will send all gay people to Hell:
Klingenschmitt has declared that the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy should never have been repealed since gay soldiers cannot serve effectively in combat because they are constantly "taking breaks on the combat field to change diapers all because their treacherous sin causes them to lose control of their bowels." He also proclaims that those who are not welcome in the church should not be entitled to use public restrooms.
Gays, he says, have something inhuman and demonic inside of them, which is why he declares that teaching kids about gay marriage is mental rape and advocates for Christians to print anti-gay Bible verses on the backs of gay wedding photos:
Klingenschmitt is a man who thinks that "Obamacare causes cancer," that the Bible commands people to own guns in order to "defend themselves against left wing crazies," that ISIS is a sign of the End Times, and that the FCC is allowing demonic spirits to "molest and visually rape your children" ... and now, thanks to the votes he received from more than 17,000 citizens, he is also an elected Republican legislator in the state of Colorado:
In the wake of last night's elections, which saw Republicans gain control of the Senate and gave the party complete control of Congress, William Gheen of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC is wasting no time in calling upon the GOP to use its newfound power to "investigate, impeach, and prosecute Obama."
Gheen, a radical anti-immigration activist who once threatened that violence may be necessary to stop President Obama's war on "White America," sent out an email early this morning declaring that the GOP's victories "will be short lived" if it does not immediately take steps to remove Obama from office:
The mandate from the American public in 2014 is not to go to DC to "work together" with Democrats, but to stop Obama and to stop Obama's abuses of power and violations of the existing federal laws and US Constitution on immigration and other matters.
ALIPAC is encouraging lawmakers to build and sustain the momentum of the 2014 elections by making the immediate focus investigating the Obama administration and proceeding to impeach and prosecute all who are found to be in violation of US laws!
"America's problems are not legislative, they are structural! We need Constitutional governance restored in America, illegal activity in the Obama administration stopped and those responsible brought to justice more than we need any legislation from the new Republican Congress!" said William Gheen, President of ALIPAC. "If the GOP pursues amnesty, the party will split and be dashed upon the political rocks of history in 2016. If they investigate, impeach, and prosecute Obama, Holder, and Lerner, then the criminal revelations could permanently destroy the Democratic Party which could go the way of Acorn!"
The Obama administration has engaged in many impeachable and criminal activities that were major driving forces in the historic Republican backlash against Obama that manifested in the 2014 elections.
These scandals that need investigation and justice applied include, but are not limited to, the Fast and Furious Gunwalker scandal, Eric Holder's contempt of Congress charges, the mishandling of the Benghazi crisis, Obama's first DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) amnesty decree, the Obama border surge federal smuggling ring, ATF Grenade Smuggler scandal, using the IRS to target Obama's political opponents, spying on members of the media, refusing to enforce existing immigration and border laws, DOJ lawsuits and other decrees designed to protect and encourage illegal immigrants in America, recess appointments made by the President when Congress was not in session, and DHS efforts to demonize Obama's political opponents and conservatives as domestic terrorists, to name a few!
On his radio broadcast today, Bryan Fischer declared that it was imperative for conservative Christians to get out and vote today because America is "turning into Nazi Germany."
Fischer, who once declared that calling your opponent a Nazi was proof that you had lost the argument, stated that just as Adolf Hitler was legitimately elected, so too were "the Nazi-esque mayor of Houston [and] the Nazi-esque mayor of Coeur d'Alene."
Upon taking office, Fischer continued, Hitler's first order of business was to tell the church to stay out of politics and to accept that it was to have no influence on the operation of the government and now the same things are happening in America today.
"Is this the United States in 2014 or Nazi Germany of 1933?" Fischer asked. "I'll let you decide":