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Cruz Holds Up Government Over Good Government Measure

There is no shortage of senators opposed to the DISCLOSE Act. But while any of them will no doubt bloviate on why shining a light on campaign ad expenditures somehow limits free speech, junior Texas Senator Ted Cruz has taken his distaste for sunshine to a new level this month by holding the Federal Communications Commission hostage over the matter. Luckily, Sen. Cruz has folded, in part due to his dwindling stock among GOP leaders.

With two seats vacant on the FCC, the Senate Commerce committee held confirmation hearings this summer on candidates to fill the commission. While Michael O’Rielly, an advisor to Sen. Cornyn of Texas, faced a breezy nomination hearing in September, nominee Tom Wheeler’s June hearing grabbed media attention thanks to Sen. Cruz. Mr. Wheeler, a long time industry leader and President Obama’s nominee to chair the Commission, was asked by the senator for his thoughts on the FCC’s role in campaign ad disclosure. When Mr. Wheeler replied frankly that he did not know enough about the matter and could not answer, Sen. Cruz threatened to hold up the confirmation process until he was given a different answer.

Once the federal government reopened this month, the Senate was poised to pass the two nominees so that the FCC could handle its full docket of work. Then Sen. Cruz caused a new shutdown, this time blocking a unanimous consent confirmation vote for Mr. Wheeler because he wanted the presumptive chairman of the FCC to effectively set policy without the resources of the Commission at his disposal. With Mr. Wheeler’s vote tied to Mr. O’Rielly’s, the FCC was thus left without a chairman and its fifth commissioner. In the Senate, there are only two ways to overcome a hold like Sen. Cruz’s. The first is for the senator in question to remove his hold, while the other is to override the senator by way of a cloture vote requiring a supermajority of 60 votes.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid decided to call Sen. Cruz on his bluff Monday night. Sources have indicated that, given Sen. Cruz’s particularly vocal role in this month’s government shutdown,  he has little clout among his Senate GOP peers. With a losing cloture vote imminent, it looks like Sen. Cruz set up a meeting Tuesday with Mr. Wheeler to hash out the nominee’s thoughts on disclosure with the senator. Mr. Wheeler came out of the meeting saying that this move by the FCC was not a priority, which mollified the Texas statesman. It is worth noting that this does not mean the FCC won’t take up disclosure rules  for broadcasters airing political ads under a Wheeler chairmanship.

Sen. Cruz has regarded the FCC as an enemy in his anti-disclosure fight since March when Florida’s senior senator, Bill Nelson (who saw  almost $10 million spent against him by outside organizations last November), addressed the issue. Sen. Nelson pointed out during a Committee hearing (at the 2:06:35 mark) that the FCC must require full on-air disclosure of campaign ad sponsors, and that this was not limited to just the umbrella entity (see Section 73.1212 for the authorizing language’s full text). He went on to say that the Supreme Court looked approvingly on disclosure in its Citizens United decision. Sen. Cruz’s response was to call such a reading “overtly partisan,” and that it would “undermine the integrity of the Commission,” which he stressed is non-partisan (2:28:05).

Yes, Sen. Cruz called the FCC non-partisan, then turned around and used it as a partisan tool to lock the Senate up over the matter of campaign disclosure, all while trying to force an agency nominee to set policy before he steps foot in the door. 

Both Mr. Wheeler and Mr. O’Rielly got their Senate confirmation votes yesterday.

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DeLay: 'God Created This Nation And God Created The Constitution'

During a service last weekend, John Hagee spent a half hour interviewing former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay during which DeLay revealed that God has commissioned him to write a book and promised him that he'll play a role in the coming spiritual revival.

Hagee praised DeLay for being victorious over the Devil by beating the corruption charges that ended his political career, while DeLay asserted that God was the author of the United States Constitution.

"Jesus died for our freedom," DeLay said. "And Jesus destroyed Satan so that we could be free and that is manifested in what is called the Constitution of the United States. God created this nation and God created the Constitution; it is written on biblical principles."

DeLay went on to recount a recent experience he had in which he spent four hours "on a conference call with the Lord" during which God told DeLay that he is to write a book called "Shut It Down" about the need for Constitutional revival. On top of that, God also told DeLay that He has heard the voice of His people and that "my awakening is beginning," in which DeLay will play a role: 

Hagee: 'We're Going To Experience A Hellish Nightmare Unlike Anything We've Ever Known Before'

This weekend, John Hagee began a new four-part sermon series entitled "The God America Has Forgotten," which kicked off with a blistering sermon in which Hagee railed against all of the standard targets (the courts, the public schools, the government, the culture) and against all the standard issues (abortion, gay marriage, anti-Christian bias) as he warned that if this nation continues to reject God, God will remove his protection from this nation.

"The Bible says that all nations that forget God," Hagee thundered, "are turned into Hell.  I assure you that if America continues to reject the way of God, God will lift the hedge of protection from this nation and we're going to experience a hellish nightmare unlike anything we've ever known before. Wake up, America! Let us return to the God of our fathers; the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob":

Beck: Obama's 'Class War' Is Responsible For A Brutal Murder Of Five People

On his television program last night, Glenn Beck warned that "words have power" and did so in order to hold President Obama responsible for the brutal murder of a family of five over the weekend.

The family was reportedly murdered by a relative who had immigrated from China and had been staying with them but who became enraged when they tried to kick him out, going on a rampage and killing a mother and four young children because "[h]e felt they had everything and that he had nothing. They were doing well and he was struggling just to get by."

According to the police, the suspect "speaks no English and talked to cops through a Mandarin translator," but Beck nonetheless blamed the murder on the "class war" that President Obama has been waging against the rich in America.

"Tonight I want to introduce you to the first victims in this war on the wealthy," Beck said as he directly linked these murder to the Obama administration.

"Part of my job," Beck continued, "is to inform you on what I see coming, but you're seeing it now, it's here: a class war and a race war, not of your doing":

The Citizens United Amendment Movement By The Numbers

The movement to amend the Constitution to overturn Citizens United and related cases continues to grow across the country and in the halls of Congress.

At the local level, over 500 cities and townsincluding New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Diego, Chicago, San Jose, Austin, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Washington DC, Baltimore, Portland, Albuquerque, Tucson, and Miami, among others – have called for a constitutional amendment.

At the state level, either by passing legislative resolutions or by voting directly on ballot measures, 16 states (containing over 95 million people) have called upon Congress to send them an amendment bill for ratification.

At the federal level, 14 amendment resolutions have been introduced in the US Congress in the 113th session, and 124 representatives (directly representing 87 million people) and 35 senators (representing over 150 million people) have endorsed the amendment strategy since the Citizens United decision came down in January 2010. Furthermore, President Barack Obama has repeatedly called for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and related cases.

To find out more about the amendment strategy and its progress, please visit www.United4ThePeople.org.

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Beck: 'God Didn't Have Anyone To Entrust The Country To, Until Now'

Glenn Beck kicked off his radio broadcast this morning by playing the final speech from Charlie Chaplin's "The Dictator," which served as the framework for the rambling twenty minute monologue that followed. 

As is usually the case when Beck delivers one of his stream-of-consciousness speeches, it was full of passionate beseeching and grandiose themes while simultaneously being utterly incoherent, resulting in passages where he says things like "we were slaves under the state and we didn't eve know it" just eight years ago.

America, at that point, could have been destroyed, Beck said, but God didn't allow that to happen because "God didn't have anyone to entrust the country to, until now."

"It couldn't destroy itself," Beck explained, "because there wasn't any one, there wasn't the group of people, there weren't millions of Americans all around the country that understood where we went wrong, so they could never put it back together again."

We have no idea what that means, but apparently it has something to do with the fact that Beck and his audience of Tea Party activists are the only ones who truly understand the Constitution and what the Founding Fathers intended to create. 

And now, after hundreds of years, they can finally bring the Founder's true vision to fruition ... but not until we "rid ourselves of those progressive ideas":

Lapin: The 'Twisted And Diseased Pathology' Of Liberalism Is Making America Like Nazi Germany

On his television program last night, Glenn Beck interviewed a special needs student who has been ruthlessly bullied by fellow students at her Plano, Texas high school.

Beck followed up that segment with an interview with Rabbi Daniel Lapin, where he asked Lapin what was happening to us as a nation that this sort of thing was becoming more and more common place. Lapin responded by declaring that America is "no longer one nation under God" and was being taken over by a secular socialist values system, the very sort that led to the Holocaust in Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia.

This evil agenda, Lapin said, is stripping people of their empathy by replacing God with the "twisted and diseased pathology" of secular fundamentalism and liberalism, causing them to do things that they would never do if they knew that God was watching over their shoulder:

Daubenmire: Not Allowing Christians To Bully Gays Is A Form Of Bullying Against Christians

"Coach" Dave Daubenmire is back with another rant, this time against bullying; not against the act of bullying, mind you, which he says is just a fact a life and actually serves the purpose of making its victims tougher.

No, what Daubenmire is upset about is the effort to prevent bullying from taking place because it is rooted in efforts "to get people not to criticize or make fun of or poke fun at homosexuals."  And when Christians can no longer say "something that their conscience tells them to say," Daubenmire fumes, "then we see that majority begin to bully the minority" so now "we're beginning to see Christians, and Christian idea, and Christian values become the most bullied things in all of this nation."

The end result, Daubenmire raged, is that previous generations "would be ashamed of how sissified we've allowed our children to become": 

The Prayers Of Cindy Jacobs' Six Year-Old Son Prevented A Presidential Assassination

As the offspring of "respected prophet" Cindy Jacobs, her children reportedly posses the spiritual power not only to stop tornadoes simply by speaking to them, but also prevent presidential assassinations.

As Jacobs reported on her most recent "Ten Minute Prayer School," when he son Daniel was six years-old, he came in from playing, complaining of feeling unwell. As his mother tried to figure out what was the matter, Daniel revealed that he was worried that the president might be killed, so the two of them prayed to God would avert any assassination attempts on the president.

"God had called my child into intercessory prayer," Jacobs said. "Later on, we found out, behind the scenes that there had been an assassination attempt on the president; it wasn't widely publicized."

So which president owed his life to Jacobs' son? None other than Ronald Reagan:

Beck: An EMP Attack Will Kill Half The Population, So Buy Food Insurance

One of the oddest things about Glenn Beck's daily radio program is watching him spend twenty minutes ranting and/or sobbing about some topic, only to suddenly make a transition to promoting the company or product that is sponsoring that particular half-hour of programming. 

Sometimes the transition is jarring, like when he has been screaming about how Terminators are going to take over the world and then suddenly stops and begins touting the amazing work being done by Freedomworks or the importance of buying gold from Goldline. 

But other times, the transition is more fluid and natural, like when he talks about a program that aired on his network the night before warning of the dangers of an EMP attack, which he uses encourage his audience to visit FoodInsurance.com.

"If this is indeed what they are going to do to us," Beck said, warning of a possible EMP attack by Russia or Iran or North Korea on the United States, "it will kill half the population in a year. What do you say you're prepared? Go to FoodInsurance and prepare":

Open Season for Money in Politics in NYC

Citing Citizens United, a circuit court opens the floodgate for unlimited money to flow into the NYC mayoral election.
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Bentley: It Rained Gold During Our Revival In South Africa

Back in 2008, a revival broke out in Lakeland, Florida led by Charismatic preacher Todd Bentley during which thousands of people supposedly found God, had visions, and experienced divine healings of various diseases. Shortly thereafter, Bentley fell from grace when he divorced his wife and married another woman.

Rick Joyner, a close friend of Bentley's, then set about "restoring" Bentley so that he could eventually "be fully released back into ministry."

And that restoration process must have been a smashing success, because Joyner had Bentley on his "Prophetic Perspective on Current Events" program this week to discuss another revival that he just led in South Africa during which the "Winds of Change Angel" touched Bentley's current wife, causing her to become covered in gold that she could not wash off. 

Everywhere they went, Bentley said, everything was covered in gold, from their hotel rooms to the airplanes upon which they flew and even the meeting rooms where they met with local pastors.

"I had one meeting where we were in worship," Bentley said, "and you could see the Cloud of Glory with open eyes and it rained gold.  When I say it rained gold, Rick, I actually saw it almost looked like snowflakes of gold coming down":

Beck: The Washington Redskins Are Being Targeted Because They Donated To The GOP

Responding to reports that the Baltimore Ravens were being paid to promote Obamacare, Glenn Beck and his co-hosts began looking through a report from 2009 that documented which political parties, by team, NFL owners, executives, and players donated to.

When Beck and co-host Stu Burguiere discovered that 97% of the donations made by people affiliated with the Washington Redskins went to the GOP, they knew immediately that this was the reason the team is currently at the center of a debate over whether the term "Redskins" is offensive.

"Oh my gosh!" Beck marveled.  "Follow the money."

"I will bet you that is to send a message," he said, claiming that the Redskins are being tortured and having their right to free speech violated by vindictive political operatives.

Of course, the San Diego Chargers and Houston Texas donated both more money and a higher percentage of it to Republicans without being targeted ... but presumably that is all part of the conspiracy theory:

Beck: NBC Has Sided With Satan And 'Chosen The Path Of Darkness'

Glenn Beck kicked off his radio program today with an extended rant against NBC, stemming from an incident yesterday when CNBC's Steve Liesman asked for some "Mexican music" to be played while they talked about Ted Cruz.

Saying this was just the latest example of an NBC network intentionally fomenting racial division in America, Beck urged his listeners to start sending out tweets of other example using the hasthtag #NBCRaceCrimes.

Somehow, this discussion eventually came to incorporate the book "The Lucifer Effect," which prompted Beck to declare that the networks for NBC "have chosen the path of darkness" promoted by Satan:

Klingenschmitt: Transgender CO Student Is Visually 'Raping' Girls By Using The Locker Room

As Brian noted earlier this week, the Religious Right has been promoting claims made by the Pacific Justice Institute about a transgender student in a Colorado high school who had supposedly been harassing other girls in the locker room and restrooms.

In reality, there was no harassment, as the entire story originated with the fact that PJI considers the mere presence of a transgender girl to be "inherently intimidating and harassing."

Today, on his "Pray In Jesus Name" program, "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt discussed the topic where, in addition to predictably blaming it on a "demonic spirit," he accused this transgender student of "raping, at least visually, these teenage girls" by sharing a locker room with them: 

Garrow: Breitbart's 'Big Mouth' Got Him, Michael Hastings & Tom Clancy All Killed By President Obama

Earlier this year, a right-wing activist named Jim Garrow started claiming that President Obama had instituted a litmus test within the military, requiring leaders to pledge to fire on American civilians if so ordered and purging anyone who refused.

Yesterday, Garrow showed up on Rick Wiles' End Times radio broadcast to claim that for the last forty years, he had been working as an undercover intelligence officer for the US government until he was forced out last month by President Obama for revealing this information.

During the interview, Garrow claimed that everyone in the intelligence community knows that President Obama is bisexual and that he has "little buddies ... brought into the White House even now":

Garrow also revealed that the Obama administration was responsible for the deaths of right-wing blogger Andrew Breitbart, journalist Michael Hastings, and novelist Tom Clancy, all of whom knew that Obama was, in reality, an agent of the Saudi Arabian government.  In fact, Garrow said, it was the fact that Breitbart couldn't keep his mouth shut about it that caused all three of them to be killed:

Wiles: Is it common knowledge among intelligence agencies that Barack Obama is not an American but indeed a foreign agent?

Garrow: Yes. Yes.

Wiles: But do the other agencies know who he works for?

Garrow: Yes. Yeah, they do.

Wiles: And you think that answer is Saudi Arabia?

Garrow: Well, I know that to be true and that's why Breitbart, Hastings, and Tom Clancy are dead.

Wiles: Okay, Breitbart, no doubt in my mind, taken out.  He bragged.  I liked Andrew Brietbart but what he did was incredibly stupid.  He bragged the day before his death that in the morning he was going to reveal shocking information that would stop the Obama campaign.  Mr. Breitbart dropped dead waling home at night and his corpse was blood red.

Garrow: Brighter than that actually.  But the point is that he caused the death of Hastings and Tom Clancy because he had been sharing data with them.

Wiles: There's a connection between Breitbart's death and Hastings and Clancy?

Garrow: All of them, yea.  All of them.  Because of the information that Breitbart gave to Tom Clancy, he was working on a novel that would have exposed Obama as a Saudi agenda, as a Saudi plant in the White House ... He knew exactly who Obama was and he was going to release it in character form in a book .  The character was going to be this President of the United States who was a plant.  It was going to be the real information about Obama was going to come out in the form of a novel.

...

It's sad, but you know Breitbart and his big mouth, man, he caused all those deaths in the end.

Wiles: Do you think it was arsenic?

Garrow: No, another poison all together. That's why they didn't post the bodies for five days. That's why the guy who took the blood work and knew the poison that had been used on Breitbart, that's why he was killed.

Wiles: On the morning that the autopsy was supposed to be released.

Garrow: You got it.

Beck: Obama 'Has All The Earmarks Of A Marxist Dictator'

Unimpressed by President Obama's remarks on the lackluster rollout of the Affordable Care Act website, Glenn Beck predicted that if the media would just press Obama for three weeks by asking him tough questions, Obama would snap and reveal himself as the monstrous dictator that he truly is.

"He has all of the earmarks of a Marxist dictator," Beck said. "He does":

Dr. Chaps Is Running For Office!

Folks who read this blog know "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt as the disgraced former Navy Chaplain who brags of having successfully performed an exorcism on a lesbian soldier and who has stated again and again that demonic spirits are behind everything from abortion to gay marriage to ENDA to President Obama to Madonna

He is the sort of Religious Right activist who openly states that gay should be discriminated against and warns that President Obama is trying to create an atheist army to attack Christians, urging Christians to sell their clothes if need be in order to purchase weapons with which to defend themselves.

To that impressive resume, "Dr. Chaps" can now add candidate for public office in Colorado, as he announced today that he is running for House seat in the state's District 15 with a video introducing himself to the voters:

For some reason, Klingenschmitt's video doesn't touch on any of the important issues like how Obamacare causes cancer or how gay activists are forcing Christians to participate in sodomy or how President Obama is creating an atheist army with which to attack Christians or how all of the nation's laws need to reflect God's laws.

We can only hope that he'll address these topics in future campaign videos.

Staver: Obama Is Worse Than King George And Obamacare Is Worse Than The Boston Massacre

On the broadcast today, Mat Staver warned that the "red line of liberty" has repeatedly been crossed by President Obama in ways that are much worse than what King George III did to cause the Revolutionary War.

After citing several biblical examples, ranging from Esther to Jesus, of biblical figures rising up against tyrants who sought to snuff out liberty, Staver asserted that the Obama administration has been supporting Muslim terrorists while stigmatizing Christians, saying "this is worse than what we saw with King George in terms of what he did to his people" and warning that the United States finds itself again standing at a crucial point in history.

Staver went on to compare Obamacare to the Boston Massacre, saying that while the massacre only resulted in a handful of deaths, Obamacare is "slaughtering its own" by the tens of thousands by "forcing employers to fund the killing of innocent unborn children."

"It pales in comparison," Staver said, "to the Boston Massacre of five or six people. What we are seeing today is clearly the red line, if it hasn't been crossed already - and I tend to think that it has been crossed - it's certainly right there in front of us. And now we the people are going to have to make a decision: are we going to continue to live in the face of this tyranny?":

Bryan Fischer's $600 Trillion Health Care Solution

For a few fleeting moments on his radio program today, Bryan Fischer and a caller were convinced that they had come up with a simple solution to the nation's health care concerns that didn't require Obamacare or any other convoluted government intervention, suggesting instead that the government should just give every American $2 million in cash to cover their lifetime medical expenses.

The caller pointed out that everyone in his family had insurance coverage for $1 million in medical expenses and wondered why the government didn't just give everyone $1.5 to $2 million a piece to cover their expenses instead of spending more than half a billion dollars on a website that doesn't work. 

The claim wasn't true, of course, but Fischer seized upon the idea and repeatedly called it "brilliant," saying that doing so would only cost the government around $600 million dollars, which is less than the website alone supposedly cost.

Of course, there are more than 300 million Americans in this country, so giving each one of them $2 million wouldn't cost $600 million dollars, as Fischer initially calculated, but rather six hundred trillion dollars ($600,000,000,000,000).

Slowly, the reality of this "brilliant" plan dawned on Fischer as he tried to do the calculations, forcing him to abandon the idea once he realized that he was off by a few trillion dollars:

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