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Salt Lake City Passes “Citizens United” Ballot Initiative with 90% Support

In September, Salt Lake City residents voted by mail on whether or not they want the Constitution to be amended to overturn Citizens United and related cases. Last week the results came in, showing resounding support for taking back our democracy. The ballot opinion question was supported by overwhelming 90 percent of Salt Lake City voters who participated in the election.

It was a huge victory for both residents and for the people who worked tirelessly on the initiative. The ballot measure was spearheaded by Move To Amend Salt Lake, who asked voters to support the People’s Rights Amendment, which states:

"Only human beings, not corporations, are endowed with constitutional rights,” and that “Money is not speech and therefore regulating political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting political speech.”

Last year, Move To Amend Salt Lake gathered more than the required amount of signatures to place the initiative on the ballot. However, following City Council law, the initiative was rejected because it was non-binding. The grassroots group then worked with City Council members to change the process and was successful in putting forward the opinion question to voters in 2013.

By supporting the initiative, Salt Lake City joins the roughly 500 municipalities and 16 states that have called for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and related cases.

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Rafael Cruz: The Media Is America's 'Ministry Of Misinformation'

Glenn Beck spent the first half of last night's television program freaking out about something called The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, which he claimed was going to become an American equivalent of the Nazi regime's Ministry of Propaganda and Public Enlightenment, before bringing on Rafael Cruz, the father of Sen. Ted Cruz, to discuss what could be done to defeat this effort to permanently rewrite America's history.

Cruz told Beck that "it almost seemed like I was listening to what was happening in Cuba during Castro," saying it sounded just like "a ministry of misinformation that you have in all the communist countries." In fact, Cruz said, there already is a Ministry of Misinformation in America and it is called the liberal media, which has an evil agenda that seeks to destroy "what this country is all about."

Cruz then went on to trot out the false claim that President Obama omits the phrase "by the creator" when quoting the Declaration of Independence , saying that he does so "because socialism, Marxism requires that government become your god":

Daubenmire: Fred Phelps Is Part Of The Body Of Christ

For the second time, "Coach" Dave Daubenmire has posted a commentary in which he defends Fred Phelps and his infamous "God Hates Fags" Westboro Baptist Church, saying they too are part of the body of Christ.

Working off a passage in 1 Corinthians 12 (which he wrongly attributes to Jesus but was actually written by Paul)  that says "just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ," Daubenmire wonders why Christians are so quick to judge people like Phelps or Quran-burner Terry Jones.

They may be "an ugly part of the body that we don't really want to see," Jones says, but they are a part of the Body of Christ nonetheless:

Virginia Removes 40,000 Names From Voter Rolls as Election Approaches

The Associated Press is reporting that Virginia election officials have gone ahead with a planned “purge” of the state’s voter rolls, removing nearly 40,000 names from voter registration lists. 

The state’s gubernatorial election is in less than three weeks.

There are signs that some eligible voters may have had their vaild voter registrations revoked in the purge. One local registrar refused to participate, the AP reports, because one in ten names that state elections officers sent him to be removed from the rolls were in fact eligible voters:

One local registrar, Lawrence Haake in Chesterfield County, has defied the state elections board and refused to purge any voters. In an affidavit, Haake says that he conducted a preliminary review that found nearly 10 percent of the names given to him by the state for potential purging were, in fact, eligible voters. He concluded that the risk of purging legitimate voters was too great.

“The list sent to us from the SBE is clearly inaccurate and unreliable,” Haake said in the affidavit.

In our report “The Right to Vote Under Attack,” we documented how flawed voter purges keep eligible citizens from voting.
 

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Fischer: Government Licensing Is The Mark Of The Beast

On his radio broadcast today, Bryan Fischer took a call from a listener who suggested that Obamacare's individual mandate was really a Mark of the Beast; an assessment with which Fischer agreed, saying that, in fact, we had already gone pretty far down that road before Obamacare was even passed.

Pointing to a case out of Louisiana where the state board of funeral directors unsuccessfully sought to prevent a local monastery from selling caskets without a funeral director's license, Fischer said that government licensing requirements were actually the Mark of the Beast.

"Well what is that?" Fischer asked. "That's the Mark of the Beast. You can't buy, you can't sell without permission from the Beast, without permission from the government. So anytime you've got the government involved in deciding who gets to engage in commerce and who doesn't and they can't engage in commerce unless they get some kind of official permission from the government, that's the Mark of the Beast":

Santorum: GOP Support For Gay Marriage Will Be 'The Destruction Of Our Republic'

Last month, Rick Santorum spoke at the Midwest Republican Leadership Conference where he warned that the Supreme Court's recent DOMA decision would eventually lead to hate crimes prosecutions against Christians while stating that if the GOP ever embraces marriage equality, it will lead to "the destruction of our republic."

Blaming the shift in support for gay marriage on the television program "Will and Grace," Santorum said that Christians are now afraid of speaking out against it for fear of being called bigots and haters. Complaining that the DOMA decision ruled that people who oppose gay marriage do so only because they hate people who are gay, Santorum predicated that churches will eventually lose their tax-exempt status because of it.

"We have hate crimes in this country," Santorum warned, "for hate speech. It's coming."

Saying that "Christians are the most tolerant people in the world," Santorum claimed that Christian opposition to gay marriage is no longer being tolerated and declared that "for the Republican Party to even contemplate going along with this is the destruction of our republic":

Flashback: Steve Lonegan Says NJ Senate Election Is A Referendum On Obama

In recent weeks, as he was rising in the polls, Steve Lonegan, the Republican candidate for Senate in New Jersey, was telling anyone who would listen that his campaign was "an all-out referendum on everything [President] Obama is doing to the country."

As he told Bryan Fischer last month (about 4:00 in), if he could defeat Democratic candidate Cory Booker, it "would be the shot heard around the world" that would repudiate President Obama's entire agenda and catapult the Tea Party into the stratosphere:

What's on the ballot on October 16 is Obamacare. This is going to be a referendum vote in the state of New Jersey on the Obama agenda, on Obamacare, on traditional marriage, on the NSA intrusion into our privacy, on the IRS abuse of power, Common Core intrusion into education, all of these things are the issues in this election.

A win here in New Jersey for me, for the conservative movement, would be the shot heard around the world, it would re-galvanize the conservative movement, the Tea Party movement.  But a win by Booker, again, the Hollywood stand-in for Barack Obama, this president will parade around the country as a validation of everything he's doing to this nation and we just can't let that happen.

Last night, Lonegan lost his race by a margin of 55-44, so does that mean that Booker's election is a "validation of everything [Obama] doing to this nation"?

Hagee: 'We Are A Pagan Nation Without Shame'

The topic of John Hagee's Sunday sermon was "Faith Under Fire," and he spent a good deal of time ranting against all of the things in our culture that are undermining the Christian faith and turning America into a pagan nation.

"Secular humanism is a pagan God," Hagee said, blaming it for everything from drugs and mental illness to rape and domestic abuse. "America is becoming a pagan society; we are in a moral free-fall," he thundered.

"When the Boy Scouts of America are censored and penalized for refusing to accept homosexual scout leaders, we are a pagan nation without shame," he declared, adding that "we have endorsed sodomy and called it an alternative lifestyle. It's not an alternative lifestyle; it was, is, and always shall be an abomination unto the Lord":

Beck: If We Don't Stop Calling Ted Cruz & Mike Lee 'Extremists,' It'll Give Rise To A Nazi-Style Party In America

On his radio program yesterday, Glenn Beck pointed to a victory by a far-right National Front candidate in an election in France to warn that if people don't stop calling Tea Party leaders such as Ted Cruz and Mike Lee "extremists," it'll give rise to a powerful Nazi Party in America.

"I guarantee you," Beck said, "if we don't wake up, if we don't stop calling people like Mike Lee and Ted Cruz extremists, you are going to see a Nazi-style party in this country."

Saying that the true Right is total anarchy and the true Left is big government Republicans like Mitch McConnell, Beck declared that "the real center of this country is Mike Lee; he is a reasonable man":

Leading Conservative Judge Says He Was Wrong to Uphold Voter ID Law

Richard Posner now recognizes that voter photo ID laws are intended to unconstitutionally suppress the vote.
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Roberts Court Not Likely to Help Victims of Human Rights Abuses

Victims of Argentina's "dirty war" may be prevented from suing a corporate giant whose subsidiary collaborated in human rights abuses.
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Will the Roberts Court Choke Off Greenhouse Gas Regulations?

The Roberts Court will hear a challenge to the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases from factories and power plants.
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Glenn Beck Says Our Dystopian Nightmare Is 'Definitely' Less Than Two Years Away

Last week, Glenn Beck freaked out because our society is right on the cusp of turning into a Terminator movie; a theme to which he returned on his radio program today, warning that "definitely" within two years most Americans will be reduced to working part time and saddled with some new 10% global tax while Beck himself will have been run out of business.

At that point, Common Core will be turning the nation's children into little more than cogs in a massive corporate machine while rich people will be able to upgrade their genes and intelligence through products like Google Glasses and gene therapy.

Taking issue with those who mocked his Terminator fears, Beck screamed "this isn't science fiction, this is science fact ... Read 'The Singularity Is Near' by Ray Kurzweil, you pieces of garbage! You people in the press, open your damn eyes!"

Tim Barton: Even Kids Know Homosexuality Is Not From God

Over the last few month, David Barton's son Tim has been playing a larger and larger role on the daily radio broadcasts and today he filled in for this father on a broadcast about the Texas National Guard's refusal to provide benefits to same-sex couples.

Barton, of course, hailed the decision, saying that even a child can look at a gay relationship and "see that's not the way God intended it":

This should be something that any child - not that we want a child to look at nature and see this, necessarily - but even a child can look and see some things work and some things don't work.  God made bodies and parts certain ways and the reality is that everything that God did, when you go back to Genesis from creation, everything that God did produced life. And if you want a good measuring stick of if something is from God or is not, measure the way it works. 

Jesus said in Matthew 7, judge the fruit, look at what it produces.  And everything that God did in Genesis, it produced life. If you just look at the reproductive system that God made, that God established, it produces life and that's how you know it's right. 

And so, for the homosexuals, what they do can never produce life and that's how you know it's not from God.  Even a child can look and see that's not the way God intended it.

Glenn Beck Explains The Debt Ceiling Showdown Using 'The Deer Hunter'

On his television program last night, Glenn Beck explained the showdown taking place in Washington over the approaching debt ceiling by pointing to the film "The Deer Hunter," specifically the scene in which Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken play Russian Roulette.

Claiming that President Obama is willing to collapse the entire country through default, Beck compared him to Walken's character in the movie, saying it is impossible for Republicans to "negotiate with a man who is willing to pull the trigger."

"Republicans," Beck said, "are dealing with Marxist revolutionaries who want America to default so they can scrap it all and start building a Marxist utopia from scratch.  Remember, this isn't crazy talk":

Lila Rose Likens Her Anti-Abortion Activism To Malala Yousafzai

There are few Religious Right activists who can match anti-abortion activist Lila Rose when it comes to displaying unabashed egomania and smug self-satisfaction and her remarks at the Values Voter Summit once again did not disappoint as she compared her guerrilla video campaign against Planned Parenthood to those of young human rights and education activist Malala Yousafzai.

Just as Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban for standing up for the rights of women and girls to receive an education, is fighting for the rights of everyone, so too is Live Action, said Rose ...  even President Obama and his unborn grandchildren:

Jackson: Next To Jesus, America Has Been 'The Greatest Blessing Given To Mankind'

E.W. Jackson, the Republican candidate for Lt. Governor in Virginia, kicked off the evening session of the Values Voter Summit by declaring that he has not and will not ever apologize or repudiate any of the crazy or bigoted things he has said in the past, saying that the criticism he has received for his statements is rooted in "a growing hostility against Christianity, a growing hostility against those of us who believe in the Bible as truth."

Jackson later declared that he was running for office simply because he loves America, which "has been the greatest blessing given to mankind, other than Jesus himself":

Bauer: Praising A 'Promiscuous Co-Ed' Like Sandra Fluke Is A Sign Of 'Civilization Decline'

Do you remember Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown Law Student who testified on behalf of the contraception mandate last year and then became the focus of the Religious Right's anti-choice/anti-sex ire?  Well, Gary Bauer certainly does, so much so that he actually spent part of his speech at the Values Voter Summit speech today attacking her yet again.

Bauer fumed over the fact that President Obama had called Fluke and congratulated her, ranting that when "a president praises a promiscuous co-ed," it is "the definition of civilization decline":

Rosenberg: God Will Bring His Judgment Upon America For Abortion Just As He Judged Nazi Germany

End Times fanatic Joel Rosenberg spoke at the Values Voter Summit today where he compared legal abortion in America to the Holocaust in Nazi Germany and warned the audience to consider just "what kind of judgment is in store" for a nation that allows legal abortion to continue.

"I don't know that [God] still has a plan and purpose for this country," Rosenberg fretted, saying that God might not save this nation even if it does experience a revival and the people finally turn their hearts back to him.

"Above all, we need to be pleading to our savior to have mercy on our country":

For The Fourth Time, Glenn Beck Repeats False Information On Air That His Own Organization Has Debunked

For the fourth time now, we have caught Glenn Beck stating on air a false claim that has been debunked by his own The Blaze website.

Just yesterday, The Blaze ran a piece entitled "Rumor Check: Obamacare Website Might Be Glitchy, But It Didn’t Cost $634 Million" that explicitly debunked the right-wing claim that Obamacare website cost over a half-billion dollars to build.

So, of course, Beck when on the air last night and just repeated it anyway:

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