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Rick Wiles Thought Hurricane Joaquin Would Hit New York As A Sign Of God's Wrath

Add Rick Wiles to the list of Religious Right activists who blew their prophecies about Hurricane Joaquin.

“Trunews” host Rick Wiles spoke with fellow Religious Right pundit Bradlee Dean last Thursday about the GOP’s attempt to deny federal funding to Planned Parenthood, with Wiles suggesting that the failure to defund the women’s health organization would cause God to punish America by directing Hurricane Joaquin towards New York.

“Congress will refuse to defund Planned Parenthood but God will defund the United States,” Wiles said. “Get ready, the big attitude adjustment is coming. And if you still have money invested in stocks, I think you’re down to a few days to get it out. There’s a potential Category 4 hurricane moving towards New York City, Joaquin, ‘God will judge.’”

“There’s a hurricane moving through the Atlantic today, Joaquin,” he said later in the interview. “Joaquin means, ‘God will judge.’ It appears that it’s going to be a Category 4, perhaps by the time this radio program is heard tonight across America it will be a Category 4, it’s headed towards somewhere between Washington, D.C., and New York City. Is anybody other than me putting this together that there is a hurricane named ‘God will judge’ headed towards New York City?”

Wiles and Dean also used the interview to criticize Planned Parenthood over false claims that the group sells fetal tissue for profit, with Wiles declaring that Planned Parenthood officials “should be in handcuffs right now” and “making license plates in a prison.”

“There ought to be state police raids in every state,” he said. “They’re killing babies, they’re chopping babies up. This is worse than the Nazis did in Germany.”

Dean said that his friend Troy Newman, the leader of Operation Rescue who helped launch the Center for Medical Progress, the group behind the discredited sting videos, “actually produced those films.”

“I talked to Troy just a couple of weeks ago,” he added, “and to show you the totalitarian, authoritarian government in which we are dealing with which is un-American today, in the people’s White House, people need to understand that Loretta Lynch just brought forth a lawsuit against Troy Newman and those that actually produced the video of Planned Parenthood self-incriminating themselves concerning their crimes against the innocent in the womb.”

While we are unaware of any Justice Department action taken against Troy Newman and the CMP, Dean said that the failure to defund Planned Parenthood means that “judgment is on its way.”

Paranoia-Rama: UCC Shooting Truthers, The Mythical Bible Ban And Jim Bakker's Prophetic Underpants

RWW’s Paranoia-Rama takes a look at five of the week’s most absurd conspiracy theories from the Right.

While some conservatives are using the latest mass shooting as an opportunity to offer warnings about government conspiracies and Nazi tyranny coming to America, Religious Right activists continue to harp on old memes about government persecution and the dangers of LGBT rights.

5) The Black Underwear Prophecy

Televangelist Jim Bakker often invites his guests to offer their “prophetic” view of current events, like the California drought (a good thing!) and Jade Helm 15 (a bad thing!).

But sometimes, Bakker delves into prophecy of his own, like when he predicted that the U.S. would experience a massive financial crash or get hit with devastating natural disasters on September 13 of this year.

Perhaps wisely, Bakker usually makes his prophecies much less specific, such as when he declared recently that something bad will happen at some point because God recently told him to wear black clothing, including black underwear.

4) Stop The Nonexistent Bible Ban In Schools!

Religious Right activists love to claim that public schools have banned prayer and the Bible and, as a result, many calamities such as school shootings have followed.

Of course, neither prayer nor the Bible are outlawed in schools, but the myth survives, with the help of a steady stream of debunked stories about school officials disciplining students for praying over their lunches.

This week, Focus on the Family held its an annual “Bring Your Bible To School Day,” telling participants about a case in Broward County, Florida, where a student was allegedly banned from reading the Bible.

One sign that the Broward County story is fishy? It was written by Fox News pundit Todd Starnes, the king of inaccurate reporting.

As Sarah Jones points out, “facts don’t appear to matter to Focus on the Family.” In reality, the student in question wasn’t disciplined for reading his Bible, but because he refused to read an assigned book. “The Broward School District claimed it was told Giovanni was reading the Bible when he should have been reading an assigned book, not during free-reading time,” CBS News reported. “The district stressed that any student may read the Bible, or any other religious book, during free time.”

3) Another Discredited Fox Report

Speaking of fabricated stories, Fox News recently jumped on an incident where a woman claimed that she was “kicked out of a sporting goods store after alerting a manager that a man had frightened her young daughter in the women's restroom.”

Naturally, Fox’s report used the claim to both knock the retailer, REI, and to demonize trans rights.

Seeing that the allegation came from the Pacific Justice Institute, a group that has pushed similar stories that have ended up on Fox News before being debunked, it came as no surprise when REI reported that after “reviewing relevant video footage,” it “found no evidence to suggest that a man entered the women’s restroom on the date in question” and also found no evidence that the customer was kicked out of the store.

But something tells us that this story will continue to percolate through the right-wing media, even after being exposed as false.

2) High Alert For Hitler

Ben Carson wants Americans to know that the stage is set for the rise of an Adolf Hitler-like leader in the U.S. as a result of the “control of thought and control of speech,” which he says is destroying this country.

He also sounded off on measures to prevent gun violence, claiming that Hitler and other tyrants only were able to carry out their actions because people didn’t have firearms, a notion rejected by researchers who have actually studied such dictatorial regimes.

While Carson’s statements are now getting more attention due to his high standing in Republican presidential polls, these are themes that he has touched on previously. As we’ve reported: “Carson has even claimed that he is losing his First Amendment right to free speech and that Hitlerian progressives are turning America into a society 'very much like Nazi Germany.' 'We live in a Gestapo age,' he has said, also arguing that Obama takes his cues from Mein Kampf and is effectively committing treason.”

1) UCC Shooting Conspiracy Theories

Right-wing commentators have been stepping over each other in the last week trying to have the worst possible reaction to the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, but the response from End Times broadcaster Rick Wiles truly was in a class of its own.

The “Trunews” host suggested that the shooting was actually the work of a “secret death squad” that goes around “this country staging mass shootings in order to build public support for disarming the American people of their firearms.”

As evidence, he cited “the mysterious appearance of similar looking persons at the scenes of recent mass shooting,” a claim he likely picked up from an online meme that merely shows four women with brown hair in tears.

Ben Carson: 'PC Methodology' Is Persecuting Christians

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson told Steve Malzberg on Newsmax TV yesterday that there is rising anti-Christian sentiment in America because people “buy into the PC methodology.”

“I don’t think most people, if they really stopped and thought about it would say, ‘I’m anti-Christian,’ but they buy into the PC methodology and hence they find themselves going with that crowd,” he said.

One way to stem the tide, he said, would be for Congress to pass legislation undermining the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision. “I’m not an anarchist, it is the law of the land, but that doesn’t mean we can’t change it,” he said. “It doesn’t mean that there isn’t a reason that we have separation of powers and checks and balances, and clearly when one branch oversteps their boundaries, it’s time for the next one to act.”

Later in the interview, Malzberg claimed that President Obama doesn’t care about the persecution of Christians in the Middle East or terror attacks in Israel, falsely claiming that the White House didn’t respond to an attack that killed three rabbis in a Jerusalem synagogue last year.

“I don’t think he’s moved by dead Christians or dead Jews,” Malzberg said, “I think he’s moved by dead Muslims and dead thugs at the hands of police.”

“Well, you know, the sad thing is that a lot of people are buying into his way of thinking,” Carson responded, “and it’s very dangerous. We need to understand that America is a unique place. You can be, you can have an American dream. But is there a dream for any other place? I don’t think so. And we shouldn’t be so anxious to give it up, give up all our values and principles for the sake of political correctness.”

Jeb Bush Courts The Pat Robertson Vote

Televangelist Pat Robertson has invited presidential candidates to a series of candidate forums at Regent University, the school he founded and for which he still serves as dean.

The first to take him up on the invitation is Jeb Bush, who will speak later this month at a forum that will include an interview with Robertson and a session moderated by Jay Sekulow, the head of the Regent-affiliated American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). Jay’s son, Jordan Sekulow, is the former executive director the ACLJ and is Bush’s liaison to the Religious Right.

While Robertson has said that he believes Bush and John Kasich should team up for a “dream ticket” in 2016, the former Florida governor should perhaps be wary of Robertson’s support, as the televangelist once assured Mitt Romney that God told him that he would defeat President Obama and have a successful two-term presidency.

There are also other reasons to be wary, as Robertson has built a career out of being one of the most intolerant voices in America.

Robertson has blamed gay people for natural disasters, a possible meteor strike, problems in the stock marketthe terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and America’s ultimate destruction.

He also believes that gay people wear special rings that cut people’s fingers in order to spread HIV/AIDS and compares them to terrorists, warning that they are carrying out a Satanic agenda.

The televangelist has even gone on record claiming that the devastating 2010 Haitian earthquake was God’s judgment for a purported colonial-era pact between Haitians and Satan, that Hurricane Katrina was divine punishment for legal abortion and that the dozens of deaths from tornadoes in 2013 were the result of a lack of prayer.

Bush may also want to freshen up on Robertson’s views on feminismevolutionpublic schools, yogaadoption and divorce.

Anti-Choice Groups Lobbying To Keep Renee Ellmers Off Planned Parenthood Committee

Roll Call reported yesterday on some interesting behind-the-scenes wrangling that’s going on as House leaders convene a panel to investigate Planned Parenthood. The staunchly anti-abortion Rep. Trent Franks, Roll Call reports, is “serving as an informal liaison” between GOP leaders and outside anti-choice groups that are seeking to influence which members are picked for the select subcommittee.

There’s also one GOP congresswoman whom the anti-abortion movement really does not want the Planned Parenthood committee: Rep. Renee Ellmers.

Ellmers, who opposes abortion rights and wants to defund Planned Parenthood, has reportedly been trying to get on the investigative committee, which was created under the guise of investigating the organization’s fetal tissue donation practices.

But Ellmers got on the wrong side of the anti-choice movement earlier this year when she led a group of Republicans who objected to a 20-week abortion ban because its rape exception was too harsh on rape survivors, which she warned could turn off young voters. The House had planned to vote on the bill during the annual March for Life on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. When Ellmers’ objections led the vote to be cancelled at the last minute, anti-choice leaders were furious, and Sen. Lindsey Graham memorably pleaded that he needed “help to find a way out of this definitional problem with rape.”

It later came out that anti-choice groups including the Susan B. Anthony List and Concerned Women for America had lobbied for the tightened rape exception, which would have only exempted rape survivors if they first filed a report with law enforcement. After the 20-week-ban debacle, the National Right to Life Committee threatened to go after Ellmers “at the polls.”

In the end, House Republicans settled on a rape exception that was only slightly less severe, omitting the reporting requirement but adding a waiting period for rape survivors.

Now, CWA’s Penny Nance is saying that Ellmers “could potentially distract from the overall mission” of the Planned Parenthood committee and Douglas Johnson of the National Right to Life Committee is saying that to “reward her with a seat on the special panel would be inappropriate, to put it mildly.”

As we noted earlier this week, the House GOP’s supposed “investigations” of Planned Parenthood’s fetal tissue donation program — the ostensible target of a series of anti-choice smear videos — have quickly turned into an all-out assault on Planned Parenthood and legal abortion in general. The fact that Ellmers — who committed one minor infraction against anti-choice orthodoxy — is now deemed to moderate to be in the panel just underscores that point.

Anti-Choice Leader To Planned Parenthood: 'What About Men’s Health?'

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the influential anti-choice group Susan B. Anthony List, dismissed the women's health gap in an interview with a West Virginia radio show on Tuesday, saying that Planned Parenthood’s talk about women’s health care is just “gender-based, grievance-oriented politics” and that “real women who truly love what womanhood really is” want “equal rights” for men, including a focus on “men’s health.”

“It’s as if men or other people don’t even matter,” WVHU radio host Tom Roten told Dannenfelser in a discussion of Planned Parenthood. “It just seems like a way to get to people is to talk about ‘women’s health, women’s health, women’s health.’ What about the females who are being aborted? What about those women and their health?”

“Yeah, equal rights for unborn women,” Dannenfelser responded. “But, look, I’m with you, Tom. I love men! What about men’s health? I mean, do we have anything to say about men’s health and the particular health problems that men have? Do we ever talk about the ‘men’s gap’ when we’re moving into an election? I mean, real women who truly love what womanhood really is have enough confidence to go ahead and also really love men and truly see that, yeah, really, equal rights. So this gender-based, grievance-oriented politics is something that I hope the Republican Party will not fall into.”

“I’m not going to pretend that women’s health issues aren’t riveting, but so equally are men’s,” she added. “But the things that are so easily manipulated are the emotions that lead to feeding the lies, and we cannot buy into this lie that somehow Planned Parenthood is the central distributor of women’s health in general, they’re simply not. They are a population-limiting organization, that’s in their 990s, that’s their mission, that’s who they are. They’re not centrally positioned to do much beyond that.”

Planned Parenthood’s 990 tax filings, for the record, do state the organization’s mission as “ensuring the provision of reproductive and complementary health care services.”

Tony Perkins Blames Obama For UCC Shooting

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins criticized President Obama’s response to the Umpqua Community College shooting in Oregon yesterday, saying that while the president is calling for stricter gun laws, it is in fact tough gun laws that are responsible for America’s high rate of gun-related deaths.

But President Obama wasn’t only wrong about the cause of mass shootings, Perkins said, he is also possibly to blame for them.

“Could the religious hostility that the president and his policies have fostered have something to do with this?” Perkins said, citing the mixed reports that the UCC shooter specifically targeted Christians.

He added: “Could his policies that have pushed us away from family formation and from marriage have something to do with the moral implosion that’s taking place in our country? Could the president’s lawlessness —remember, he’s the president who had an attorney general who was in contempt of Congress; Lois Lerner who plead the Fifth because she didn’t want to tell about how they were using the IRS to target conservatives and release confidential information; didn’t want to talk about running guns in Mexico that took the lives of U.S. Border Patrol agents — I think the president’s priorities are misplaced. But he’s trying to seize this, in my opinion, trying to use this to advance his anti-Second Amendment political agenda.”

Later in the program, Perkins said that the teaching of evolution, the separation of church and state and the legalization of abortion have made Americans lose “the value of human life,” making Americans numb to such shootings.

Bobby Jindal Will End Mass Shootings By Telling Everyone He Is A Christian

Louisana Gov. Bobby Jindal, desperately seeking attention in his floundering presidential bid, had the most horrifying response to last week’s mass shooting at an Oregon community college, writing in a blog post that the shooter’s “failure” of a father, single mothers, legal abortion, pop culture and other instances of “cultural rot” were to blame for the violence.

Jindal rehashed his “politically incorrect” response to the shooting in an interview with Iowa talk radio host Jan Mickelson yesterday, adding that the separation of church and state is also to blame for mass murder.

“We fill our culture with garbage, now we’re reaping the result,” he said. “We’ve got evil in our midst. It’s not about taking away law-abiding citizens’ gun rights, it really is about going after the cultural decay, the moral rot we see in our society. The left wants to take God out of the public square. We are now reaping the consequences of that.”

Mickelson was in agreement that “cultural rot” is the culprit behind mass shootings, but asked Jindal if there is anything politicians and elected officials can do to fix “the moral culture caliber” of Americans.

Jindal replied that indeed there is, and that all it takes is a president talking “unapologetically” about his faith.

“What a president can do and a candidate can do is one, publicly call for a time of prayer and spiritual renewal and unapologetically talk about our faith in the public square,” he said. “I’m a Christian and I’m not embarrassed to talk about that.”

He added that elected officials can “fight for the religious freedom rights,” claiming that in Louisiana the “ACLU is going after a principal for simply saying ‘God bless you’ to some parents.” (In reality, the ACLU objected to the school displaying a “pattern of proselytization,” including placing Christian “prayer boxes” throughout the school.)

He also recommended that politicians “stop these policies that undermine family formation,” although he did not provide any details.

WorldNetDaily Pundit Suggests The Obama Administration Is Behind Mass Shootings

In a column titled “Is Obama ‘Weaponizing’ Vulnerable Citizens?,” Erik Rush of WorldNetDaily writes that he is just asking the question as to whether government agents groomed, recruited and manipulated the perpetrators of the recent mass shootings in Tucson, Arizona; Aurora, Colorado; and Newtown, Connecticut.

While Rush is mostly vague about possible government ties to such shootings, at the end of the column he makes it clear that he believes such claims: “The political left and the current administration made a mockery of America’s intelligence efforts when they condemned the use of enhanced interrogation techniques against some of the most deserving scum the intelligence community has ever encountered – yet they appear willing to countenance even worse horrors perpetrated upon U.S. citizens in the name of their diabolical agenda.”

In lifestyle and temperament, spree killers share significant psychological commonalities. Loners, or people with few friends, socially awkward and often with a well-nurtured beef against some demographic, faction or the government. Their relative isolation would make them easy targets for any nefarious group; “at-risk” is the term that would be used if they were minor children.

Loughner, Holmes and Lanza in particular fit very handily into this classification; in fact, the cases of Holmes and Lanza positively reeked of what intelligence operatives I know would call the tell-tale signs of recruitment and conditioning.

Adam Lanza’s father, Peter Lanza, was the vice president and tax director at GE Financial; Robert Holmes, father to Colorado theater shooter James Holmes, was the head scientist of the Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO). Both had been implicated in a banking scandal involving the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR). As such, it is highly likely that everything about them would have been known to the government.

To a government in the habit of collecting inordinate amounts of information on its citizens, as well as recruiting vulnerable individuals for psyops, their sons would have been tempting acquisitions indeed.

Given our current state of societal dysfunction, it may not seem too odd that a quasi-cult of self-described “beta males” has developed online. Of a type that a dearly departed friend of mine would have called “spoiled, lazy suburban white boys,” these mediocre mom’s-basement dwellers are apparently irritated because they don’t have Kanye West’s money and supermodel girlfriends, and that men of their age group who do put effort into improving their lives (whom the “betas” call “alpha males,” of course) actually have lives. These losers fume on Internet forums ad nauseum, advocate violence, anarchy – and idolize spree killers.



The Internet forum milieu would be the perfect opportunity for covert psychological operations (i.e., grooming disaffected individuals to commit violence) on a mass scale. It would be child’s play for a government (ours, for the sake of argument) to set up or infiltrate such venues and enlist online “handlers” to cultivate relationships with the losers present, manipulating them psychologically with an expertise similar to that of, say, President Obama’s celebrated Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST).

My guess is that it would be the handlers themselves who occasionally leak information concerning acts of violence about to be executed by their protégés, in order to energize the remaining contingent of “beta males” when the mayhem does in fact take place.

The political left and the current administration made a mockery of America’s intelligence efforts when they condemned the use of enhanced interrogation techniques against some of the most deserving scum the intelligence community has ever encountered – yet they appear willing to countenance even worse horrors perpetrated upon U.S. citizens in the name of their diabolical agenda.

For my part, I’d rather be waterboarded.

Mike Huckabee Approved IB Programs In Arkansas, Now Thinks Parents Should 'Scream Bloody Murder' In Protest

Former Arkansas governor and 2016 GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee visited the Lifehouse Community Church in Iowa on Tuesday to take questions from an audience mostly made up of homeschooling parents. In a video of the session captured by the Iowa conservative blog Caffeinated Thoughts, Huckabee fielded a question about the presence of International Baccalaureate programs, in which students earn an internationally recognized degree, in public schools in Iowa.

The audience member asked Huckabee if he was familiar with IB programs, to which he responded that he was not. The questioner explained to Huckabee that IB programs “[take] away American history and [put] in world history.” Huckabee responded by asserting that parents in Iowa need to “rise up and scream bloody murder” in opposition to these programs and that he “can’t imagine” a program like that, which the questioner emphasized is subsidized by the state.

While Huckabee’s comments may fit with his rhetoric, they do not fit with his record. As governor of Arkansas, Huckabee signed a law sanctioning International Baccalaureate programs in Arkansas high schools, placing them on the same level as Advanced Placement courses and providing subsidies for schools that offer IB courses.

Gun Activists: Obama Wasn't Sad About Oregon Shooting, Just Sad That He Can't Take People's Guns

Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, joined Mark Walters on Armed America Radio this week, where the two concluded that President Obama got emotional during his speech responding to last week’s mass shooting in Oregon not because the president was upset that nine people had died but because he was sad he couldn’t take people’s guns.

“When I saw Barack Obama’s speech after Oregon, there was no doubt in my mind that he was in fact shaken up, he was in fact angry and he believed what he said, but not for the reasons that Americans think, Larry,” Walters said. “He’s only upset and ticked off that he can’t get anybody’s guns because of that pesky parchment paper. If he was in fact concerned about crime, he’d be having the same conversation on the bully pulpit every day regarding Chicago’s numbers. They need us to complete their agenda, they need to disarm America, they can’t do it. Isn’t that what’s really got him fired up?”

“I think you’re right,” Pratt responded, “and certainly he doesn’t react the way a lot of people were reacting, I think. They were definitely remorseful, they were saddened, they were horrified at what had happened and, as you say, he was ticked that here’s a crisis that’s going to go to waste.”

The two went on to claim that the president wants to emulate gun laws in Australia and England because, in Pratt’s words, he wants Americans to be “docile subjects of a crown” and regrets that “if he had been born in some other country” he “could have had so much more power.”

John Guandolo Blames Obama's 'Pro-Jihadi Ideology' For Oregon Shooting

John Guandolo, the disgraced FBI agent turned anti-Obama conspiracy theorist who recently shared the stage with a number of Republican presidential candidates at an event hosted by Frank Gaffney, blamed President Obama for last week’s mass shooting at an Oregon community college.

Citing a MySpace page linked to the shooter that included images supportive of the Irish Republican Army, a MySpace connection to someone who apparently supported Islamist terrorism, and an early story that the shooter had targeted only Christians, Guandolo speculated in an interview with South Carolina radio host Vince Coakley the day after the murders that the shooter may have been an Islamic terrorist. (Subsequent reports have suggested that the shooter targeted people regardless of religion.)

This, he concluded, was all President Obama’s fault.

No matter what the shooter’s religious views were, he said, “this administration has provided very fertile ground for such people because of his anti-Christian rhetoric, his pro-progressive-left socialist, Marxist, revolutionary ideology, his pro-jihadi ideology, his anti-police policies and actions and the Department of Justice and attorney general who support these.”

“I think this is a much more reasonable answer to why this happened than the fact that we have too many guns, which is what the president immediately came out and said,” he added.

In a blog post posted the day of the shooting, Guandolo made a similar claim:

While there are reports Chris Harper-Mercer’s online dating profile identifies him as a “Republican” of mixed race, the evidence available as of today reveals he is sympathetic to terrorists and jihadis.

President Obama’s response was to again call for a greater reduction of our liberties and make it harder for Americans to obtain firearms.

The President’s coddling of terrorists and the single-most dangerous terrorist nation on the planet (Iran), his assault on Christians in this country, his support for anti-Constitution progressives and Marxists, his back-room dealings with the Russians, Cubans and others, his example of tossing the rule of law out the window, his assault on law enforcement officers, and his continuous abuse of power are more likely the fertilizers which bred this attack.

Across America, a state of lawlessness is exploding around us, nurtured and bred in the White House and the Attorney General’s office. And Americans remains frozen and unable to act.

Rick Wiles Suggests The UCC Shooting Was 'Staged' By 'A Secret Death Squad' Using 'Crisis Actors'

On yesterday’s edition of “Trunews,” conservative radio host Rick Wiles had a just asking the question monologue about the Umpqua Community College shooting in Oregon.

Wiles, who regularly hosts Republican and Religious Right leaders onto his show and spoke with Family Research Council Executive Vice president Jerry Boykin later in the same program, latched onto the “crisis actor” conspiracy theory that has been roundly discredited to suggest that the Oregon mass shooting, along with those in Newtown, Connecticut, and Aurora, Colorado, were staged by government “death squads” in order to justify gun confiscation laws.

Several members of the ‘Trunews’ team and I were talking this morning in the office about the mysterious appearance of similar looking persons at the scenes of recent mass shootings. Could they be the same people? Could they be paid crisis actors and actresses? Is there a secret death squad at work in this country staging mass shootings in order to build public support for disarming the American people of their firearms? Are we living in the matrix of deception? Is it becoming increasingly difficult to discern what is real and what is fake? Are news events being manufactured for political purposes?

As the myth-busting website Snopes points out, conspiracy theorists have taken photos of brown-haired women grieving over news of a lost family member as proof that the massacres were some sort of government plot.

A popular meme that emerged following the Newtown shooting, Snopes reports, “was altered to include what was purportedly yet another appearance by the ‘same girl’ seen previously crying in photos from Aurora, Boston, and Sandy Hook. (Presumably, the high-level false flag planners didn’t have access to social media and remained unaware their schemes had been unraveled and revealed months earlier)…. All four women depicted were identified by name at the time they were photographed [and] none was transient to the tragedies with which they were associated or disappeared afterwards.”

Wiles went on to attack President Obama as a “Muslim jihadist” who was “clandestinely placed in the White House by foreign powers to dismantle the United States of America.”

Huckabee: Obama Would Prove He's A Christian If He'd Be Nicer To Kim Davis

In an interview posted yesterday, David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network asked Mike Huckabee about his remarks that President Obama only “pretends to be” a Christian.

Huckabee told Brody that Obama could prove that he’s a Christian if he simply embraced the political agenda of the Religious Right by opposing gay marriage, letting Hobby Lobby deny birth control access to employees and helping Kentucky clerk Kim Davis.

“He didn’t lift a finger to help Kim Davis,” Huckabee said, adding that Davis was treated worse than detainees at Guantanamo Bay. He added: “I’m just looking at the realities here and saying, could you show us a little love here? If you really say that you love us and that you are one of us, give us a little affection.’”

GOP’s Favorite Iowa Radio Host Once Again Defends The Confederacy

Jan Mickelson, an influential conservative radio host in Iowa who frequently interviews Republican presidential candidates, has a bit of a rocky history of discussing the Civil War. Earlier this year, he made Sen. Lindsey Graham exceedingly uncomfortable when he said South Carolina was “invaded” in the Civil War, “pretty much like the Russians are invading the Ukraine.” He also made waves in August when he suggested enslaving undocumented immigrants who refuse to leave the state.

Yesterday, Mickelson waded again into the issue of slavery and the Civil War when he invited military historian Edward Bonekemper onto his program to discuss Bonekemper’s new book “The Myth of the Lost Cause,” which pushes back against myths about the Civil War, including a number that, it turns out, are espoused by Mickelson himself. The interview took place immediately before Michaelson interviewed GOP presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Rand Paul.

When Mickelson said that the war was about “both” slavery and states’ rights, Bonekemper responded, “Well, the only state right that was being defended was the right to have slavery.”

Mickelson was having none of this and insisted that the war was not about slavery, but about “Lincoln’s notion that the states were a creation of the federal government,” just as the current debate over climate change policy isn’t about science, but about the government imposing “its will through the EPA on everybody else.”

More than that, it was about the jurisdictional claims of the federal government and the philosophies about how much the government of the United States was centralized. And the debate was over Lincoln’s notion that the states were a creation of the federal government, rather than the other way around.

A contemporary version of that same notion is the global warming or the climate change debate. The federal government starts with the premise that there’s man-made climate change and starts to impose its will through the EPA on everybody else, and out here in the cheap seats, we say, ‘Number one, you don’t have jurisdiction. Number two, you don’t have science on your side so this is just a big power grab.’ So everything that I just said gets reduced to the notion of ‘climate change, climate change, climate change,’ and the nuance of the argument gets left behind, just like when you say that the only thing these people were concerned about was slavery, which was the shortcut for everything I just mentioned, who owns what and whom and who’s in charge, who’s accountable to whom and what are the limits of the federal government. I think it’s way too simplistic to just reduce it to the one word, slavery.

Later in the program, after another heated debate with Bonekemper in which the radio host insisted that the Civil War was “all about money and tariffs and the propagandists in the North turned this into a slavery issue to cover their tracks much, much later,” he took on the issue of the Confederate flag.

“I got the sense when I lived [in South Carolina] that it’s a big FU to the North and they still are stinging from being an occupied nation 100 years later and they’re still mooning the North with it,” he said. “That’s basically it. There’s no slavery content to it, they just don’t like northerners.”

Survive Nuclear Winter With Jim Bakker's Milk Buckets

Today on “The Jim Bakker Show,” End Times broadcaster Rick Wiles hailed Russian President Vladimir Putin for intervening in the Syrian conflict to “kill ISIS,” while lamenting that “the United States doesn’t want to kill ISIS.” Of course, the vast majority of Russian airstrikes have targeted rebel groups that oppose both ISIS and the Syrian regime, while the U.S.-led coalition has launched approximately 7,000 airstrikes against ISIS forces in Syria and Iraq.

Nonetheless, Wiles predicted that “there’s a clash coming very soon” between America and Russia, noting that Russian religious leaders believe that “the wickedness in America is evidence that the Day of Armageddon is drawing near.”

Wiles’ warning about war and the apocalypse conveniently produced more material for Bakker to use to sell his latest survivalist product: buckets of milk.

These milk buckets, Bakker said, will be “a good thing if everything stopped, if all the food was gone, if we had nuclear winter, which people are talking more and more about now.”

Rick Joyner: I Prayed For Drought To Strike California

During a “Prophetic Conference” that was broadcast last month on “The Jim Bakker Show,” televangelist Rick Joyner said that he was praying for drought in California, explaining that God had told him that California would soon face destruction — he has been predicting an “imminent” earthquake since 2011 — and therefore an event like a drought would convince people to leave before the state turns into ruins.

“I started praying for things like a drought to come upon California so it would force them out, they would have to start leaving and things like that,” Joyner said. “It’s time to get out.”

However, Joyner also said that God is telling certain people to stay in California to help others when calamity strikes.

Rand Paul: Put Stickers On School Windows Warning 'You Will Be Shot'

Falsely suggesting that the recent mass shooting at an Oregon community college took place in a gun-free zone, Sen. Rand Paul said yesterday that as president he would encourage every school in America to place stickers on its windows warning potential criminals that teachers are armed and “you will be shot.”

The Kentucky Republican told Iowa talk radio host Jan Mickelson that the Oregon shooting was “an incredible tragedy, but it’s even made worse by the president politicizing it and jumping in.” The president “doesn’t understand,” he said, that “the problem is mental illness and not necessarily gun registration or gun ownership.”

“The other common denominator, other than mental illness,” he added, “is that people are going to places where guns are prohibited. So  when you have a gun-free zone at a school, it’s like an invitation, if you are crazy and want to shoot people, that’s where you go. I would do the opposite. I would have and encourage every school in American put stickers on every window going into the school saying, ‘We are armed. Come in at your own peril. We have concealed carry for teachers who have it and we also have armed security and you will be shot.’”

Such stickers should be placed on “every cockpit of every commercial airliner” and on “every school,” he said.

Paul said that he would support preventing “people who have exhibited criminal insanity” from owning guns, but that such laws would have to be made at the state level. But he added that broader issues, such as the lack of a “Christian foundation” in the country, may also be influencing mass shooting.

“I do think that we have generalized problems in our country that may somehow influence, I’m not sure they’re the answer, but I think that we lack a certain belief in right and wrong, a certain Christian foundation or religious foundation to our country anymore,” he said, “and I think some of this perversion is coming from that. But also there’s some things that are just inexplicable, that’s just mental illness, they’re not getting better with treatment and they’re not going to get necessarily better with religious influence as well.”

Compelling Video on Gyrocopter Pilot’s Fight for Campaign Finance Solutions Wins $1,000 Cash in Contest to Get Big Money Out of Politics

New Video Highlighting Doug Hughes’ April Flight onto US Capitol Lawn Is Sixth Weekly Prize Winner in Democracy For All Video Challenge

$58,000 in Cash Prizes Still Available With New Winners Announced Weekly

Today Say No to Big Money and People For the American Way announced the sixth of 14 weekly winners in a new contest tapping into the creative potential of Americans of all political stripes through short videos in support of a constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics. 

This week’s winner of the $64,000 Democracy For All Video Challenge is a video highlighting the improbable flight of Florida postman Doug Hughes – who flew a gyrocopter onto the US Capitol in April in order to bring awareness to the need to fix our country’s broken campaign finance system, including through a constitutional amendment. The video, An American Mailman’s Flight for Freedom, was created by filmmaker Mara Ditchfield of Los Angeles and tells Hughes’ story through news clips of his flight to the Capitol in the style of a movie trailer.

Click here to see An American Mailman’s Flight for Freedom: http://democracyforall.com/entries/american-mailman-flight/   

Previous contest winners include videos tying a lack of campaign finance regulations to student loan debt and the excessive political influence of the chemical industry.  Last week’s winner was a satirical video in the format of a PSA which goaded corporations to increase their political spending.

From its August launch through December 2, contest entrants can submit a 30-90 second video that includes a call-to-action in support of the Democracy For All Amendment for a chance to win thousands of dollars in prize money, including a $25,000 grand prize. Supporters of an amendment to fix the nation’s campaign finance system have already submitted a diverse array of entries. 

“This video captures a moment in time that sparked a debate about our broken campaign finance system that allows for the virtually unchecked political influence of corporations,” said Jeff Haggin, president of Say No to Big Money. “The Democracy For All Video Challenge is about making sure lawmakers understand the public is focused on this issue in a sustained, persistent manner.”

“Doug Hughes' story has this very powerful, modern day ‘Mr. Smith goes to Washington’ kind of appeal,” said contest winner Mara Ditchfield. “He flew into Washington not just to highlight the problem in a dramatic way, but also to highlight solutions.” 

Click here to see more about the contest and additional entries: http://democracyforall.com/

The Democracy For All Amendment is a proposal being considered by Congress, currently with 138 cosponsors in the House and 41 supporters in the Senate, that would overturn decisions like Citizens United, the 2010 Supreme Court case that paved the way for unlimited political spending by corporations and the super wealthy. 

Say No to Big Money, the official sponsor of the contest, and People For the American Way are partnering with Act.TV, Agenda Project, American Family Voices, Coalition to Restore Democracy, Coffee Party USA, Courage Campaign, Common Cause, Free Speech For People, National Priorities Project, PF Pictures, People’s Email Network, Public Citizen, and US PIRG in this effort, with the support of more than 140 other organizations.

Full contest details and rules are available at www.DemocracyForAll.com. PFAW Executive Vice President Marge Baker and Say No to Big Money President Jeff Haggin are available to speak with press. To arrange an interview, please contact Alec Saslow at Alec@FitzGibbonmedia.com or 720-319-4948.

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Huckabee: Pope Should Fire 'Elitist' Staffers Who Distanced Him From Kim Davis

Last month, shortly after Pope Francis ended his visit in the United States, the right-wing legal group Liberty Counsel blew up what had been a fairly culture-war-free visit by announcing that the pope had met secretly with its client Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who has been attempting to block her office form issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

After Liberty Counsel made the Davis meeting into a national news story, the Vatican was forced to clarify that Davis was one of several people who had been brought to see the pope at the end of his visit and that the pontiff “did not enter into the details of the situation of Mrs. Davis and his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular and complex aspects." The only “real audience” the pope granted, it turned out, was with a former student and his same-sex partner

But Mike Huckabee, who says he spoke with Davis about the meeting at the Values Voter Summit, insisted in an interview with Iowa talk radio host Jan Mickelson yesterday that Davis and the pope “visited privately, just the two of them, for about 15 minutes” and that it is “elitist” forces in the Vatican who are trying to downplay the pope’s support for Davis’ cause. Outside of that “elitist world,” he said, people realize that Davis’ case could mark “the beginning of the criminalization of Christianity.”

“Now, why the Vatican is trying to downplay this meeting, the only thing I can figure is that many of the very liberal elements, not only of the media, but in some cases of the Catholic Church want to distance themselves because in their elitist world, Kim Davis is an unpopular figure,” Huckabee said. “But I’m telling you, wherever she goes and wherever I see people, in every airport I get on a plane and people say, ‘Thanks for standing up for Kim Davis.’ It’s very different because people realize that this is the beginning of the criminalization of Christianity if we don’t stand up to it.” 

Scientific polls contradict Huckabee's anecdotal evidence about Davis’ popularity.

Huckabee later suggested that the pope fire the Vatican officials who have tried to downplay his meeting with Davis and paint him as more moderate on social issues: “I’d like to think that at some point the pope might start reading the press clips and maybe fire some of the people who are trying to represent him. I know, as a candidate, if I had press people that were out there misrepresenting my views, they wouldn’t be my press people any longer.”

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