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Fischer: 'If You Legalize Drugs, We're Going To See More Cops Getting Shot In Connection With Routine Traffic Stops'

On his radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer put forth a rather novel anti-marijuana legalization argument when he claimed that legalizing pot would lead to more police officers being killed.

Citing the recent killing of two police officers in Mississippi, Fischer seized upon the fact that one of the suspects was a regular user of "spice," a synthetic form of marijuana, while ignoring the fact that the suspect also reportedly had a history of mental health problems, to declare that drug legalization will result in more cops being killed.

"You see something like this, where he is high, smoking spice every day," Fischer said, "and you have people out there saying, 'Look, we just need to legalize drugs, the problem is we have too many drug laws, we have too many people incarcerated for drugs, let's just legalize drugs.' Well, here's one of the things you're going to see more of, if you legalize drugs, we're going to see more cops getting shot in connection with routine traffic stops":

Kathleen Turner Discusses Abortion Access, the 'Personhood' Movement on 'All In With Chris Hayes'

People For the American Way Foundation board member Kathleen Turner appeared on “All In with Chris Hayes” on Friday to discuss the “personhood” movement and how it’s working in concert with its rivals in the anti-choice movement to end abortion access, especially for low-income women.

Turner said that she sees “personhood,” which would give fertilized eggs and fetuses the same rights as people, as “a Trojan horse.”

She explained:

The fact is because [personhood] has been soundly defeated in several states – Mississippi, North Dakota – that one thinks that it’s a non-issue. But in fact at the same time, there’ve been hundreds, hundreds of bills in every state that have made it more and more difficult to access any kind of healthcare, not just abortion.

Watch the full clip here:

To learn more about the personhood movement, be sure to check out PFAW Foundation’s new report, “The Personhood Movement: Where It Comes from and What It Means for the Future of Choice,” and read Kathleen Turner’s piece in RH Reality Check, “Think the “Personhood” Issue Is Over? Think Again.”

This post originally appeared at People For the American Way Foundation.

Conservative Pundit: 'Deflategate' Is Really About Benghazi

Washington Times contributor Robert Knight reacted this week to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s suspension for his role in “Deflategate” by explaining that the scandal is really like Benghazi.

Despite the fact that all of the official reports have debunked the conspiracy theories surrounding the 2012 attack, Knight still insists that administration officials, including then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, were deliberately lying about the incident, and like Brady, must be punished.

If nothing really painful happens to Mr. Brady or the Patriots, it would be one more high-profile example of people in public life getting away with dishonesty, which is culturally corrosive. I say this in sorrow, having rooted for the Pats for many years.

Cynicism and misconduct grow when certain people seem to be beyond accountability.

The cultural damage was enormous when Bill Clinton not only was caught in lies about his affair with Monica Lewinsky, but also that he got away with it and has prospered mightily since leaving office. Think of the messages sent to America's children: Character doesn't count, marital vows are a joke, and changing the definitions of words like "is" are just something you do to get people off your back.

On April 14, we learned that the Internal Revenue Service, whose wrath knows no bounds for "everyday American" taxpayers who make mistakes on their tax forms, has retained thousands of IRS employees who violated the tax code and even gave many of them promotions and raises. Above the law? It certainly seems to be the case.



This is the same IRS whose officials flatly denied that orders had come down from the top in Washington to target Tea Party groups before the 2012 elections and deny them nonprofit status. It was just some rogue officials in Cincinnati, we were told.

The head of the nonprofit division, Lois G. Lerner, not only refused to testify under oath to Congress about the IRS jihad against conservatives, but somehow also managed to "lose" thousands of pertinent emails. Hillary Rodham Clinton one-upped her by not only ditching thousands of emails from her stint as secretary of state but also by wiping her personal server clean.

And while we're on the subject of cover-up, nothing has happened to those who got caught brazenly lying about what triggered the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012.

For two weeks, Obama administration officials, most notably then-United Nations Ambassador Susan E. Rice, President Obama himself and Mrs. Clinton, insisted that an obscure anti-Islamic video triggered a spontaneous riot. Thanks to State Department emails obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests by Judicial Watch, it has become clear that officials in Washington knew about the nature of the attack in real time.

It had nothing to do with a video. Is anybody ever going to face any repercussions about the lies surrounding the deaths of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans?

Compared with these scandals, Deflategate is small potatoes, despite the outsized media attention it's getting because of America's obsession with sports and celebrities.

Pat Robertson: Conservative Christians Must Take 'Dominion' Of US From Obama

Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson said that conservative Christians need to take “dominion” over the world, or at least the U.S., in order to stop President Obama.

“God has made us in charge of this planet and He’s given us dominion and we’re supposed to exercise dominion,” Robertson said. “When the Christians exercise dominion, good things happen. When we surrender dominion, bad things happen. It’s happening in our country, we’ve got a president that thinks we should surrender dominion, that we should not be involved, that we should lead from behind and all of this stuff, and the world is just going to chaos all around.”

Conservative Christians, Robertson said, must fill Obama’s leadership vacuum: “All around you see these horrible breakouts. Why? Because the leaders aren’t leading. So, we have to lead. God has given us dominion, we have to do that.”

Staver: Gay Marriage Will Lead To Another Holocaust And 'The Ghettoization Of Christianity'

On today's "Faith and Freedom" radio broadcast, Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver seized on right-wing fears that anti-gay organizations will lose their tax-exempt status if the Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage to predictably warn that the U.S. is on the verge of turning into a modern-day Nazi Germany.

"We're talking about the ghettoization of Christianity," Staver said, "and this is what happened to the Jews in Nazi Germany, they put the Jews in ghettos, they put other people in ghettos. They took away their ability to earn a living, then they isolated them to ghettos, they stigmatized them, they ultimately destroyed their humanity in the minds of others and then the next step was easy, in the sense that they had gone to the point where they had lost respect for humanity."

"This is a serious manner because this ghettoizes Christianity," he continued. "This stigmatizes those who have Christian beliefs. This ultimately punishes those and prohibits those individuals from earning a living or working in the marketplace. And this is the beginning of ultimately dehumanizing the person and when you dehumanize the person, terrible things can happen":

PFAW Foundation Board Member Kathleen Turner Discusses Abortion Access, the “Personhood” Movement on “All In with Chris Hayes”

People For the American Way Foundation board member Kathleen Turner appeared on “All In with Chris Hayes” on Friday to discuss the “personhood” movement and how it’s working in concert with its rivals in the anti-choice movement to end abortion access, especially for low-income women.

Turner said that she sees “personhood,” which would give fertilized eggs and fetuses the same rights as people, as “a Trojan horse.”

She explained:

The fact is because [personhood] has been soundly defeated in several states – Mississippi, North Dakota – that one thinks that it’s a non-issue. But in fact at the same time, there’ve been hundreds, hundreds of bills in every state that have made it more and more difficult to access any kind of healthcare, not just abortion.

Watch the full clip here:

To learn more about the personhood movement, be sure to check out PFAW Foundation’s new report, “The Personhood Movement: Where It Comes from and What It Means for the Future of Choice,” and read Kathleen Turner’s piece in RH Reality Check, “Think the “Personhood” Issue Is Over? Think Again.”

 

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End Times Prophets: Gay Marriage, Legal Abortion Will Lead To Apocalypse

Last month, Anne Graham Lotz issued a “Mayday!” prayer alert predicting that the Rapture could come any day now: “Institutions will collapse. Banks will close. The Stock Market will plunge. Planes will fall out of the sky. Cars will crash on the road. Government in America at every level will disintegrate.”

The far-right outlet WorldNetDaily discovered that other End Times preachers agreed with her assessment, particularly due to U.S. foreign policy, abortion rights and marriage equality, with one WND source pointing to Blood Moons as proof.

Joel Richardson, author of “When a Jew Rules the World: What the Bible Really Says About Israel in the Plan of God,” agrees it is time for Americans to repent.

Richardson told WND: “I do believe the United States may very well be on the brink of judgment. No doubt, the church should pay heed to the warnings of voices such as Anne Graham Lotz or Rabbi Jonathan Cahn. There is no question that now is the moment for the nation to turn to its Creator with prayer and fasting.

“Yet it is important to state that God does not want to chastise this nation, He does not take pleasure in bringing calamity. The Lord’s desire is always that we choose to repent on our own. But in the same way that any good parent will discipline their children in the hopes of training them to do what is right, so also will God discipline nations for the purpose of awakening them and causing them to turn back to Himself.”

Among the reasons Lotz gives for her urgency in declaring a time of prayer and fasting is the “Blood Moons” phenomenon discovered by pastor Mark Biltz.



Biltz, author of “Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs,” agrees, declaring America “is facing an ugly judgment time.”

And while no one can say for sure when such a time could arrive, Biltz cautions, he believes it “could be this year or definitely by the end of next year.”



“God’s judgment will come on America because of our treatment of Israel and being at the forefront of dividing the land of Israel by pushing for a two-state solution,” he said. “And all of this is in the light of the Blood Moons as well.

“Americans should be fasting and praying and interceding as Abraham did before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.”

But Carl Gallups, pastor, radio host and author of the end-times bestseller “Final Warning: Understanding the Trumpet Days of Revelation,” says America is already becoming like those doomed cities.

“I am frequently asked if God’s judgment is really getting ready to fall upon America,” he said. “My answer is that it has already begun! Most Americans don’t want to hear that answer. But the facts are staring us in the face. There is already a monumental moral collapse taking place in America.

“Because God has been removed from our schools and our culture, we can see the tangible results of this kind of anti-Christian thinking. Americans feel free to kill our babies for convenience, declare biblical marriage is no longer valid, encourage our children to engage in premarital sex, and persuade our culture to indulge all manner of deviant sexual behaviors. Once you go far enough down this path, a society will grow to hate the Word of God and the people of God who hold to that foundation. We are now there … and the tide continues to rise,” he said.

“Yes – the judgment of God is already falling upon America. But, I agree with Anne Graham Lotz and her biblically bold proclamation, ‘The worst is yet to come and it’s going to be ugly.’”

Franklin Graham To Save America With Right-Wing 'Prayer Rallies' In All 50 States Before 2016 Election

Franklin Graham recently announced that he will be leading "prayer rallies" in all 50 states next year, designed to mobilize conservative Christians to vote and run for office because, among other things, "LGBT activists, abortion rights advocates, aggressive atheist groups, and others who ignore God’s Word are trying to shove their agenda down our throats":

In 2016, I plan to hold prayer rallies in all 50 states. I believe God has called us to this. We’re naming it the Decision America Tour. I want to challenge Christians across our land to boldly live out their faith and to pray fervently and faithfully for our nation and all its leaders. I want to encourage Christians to get out and vote in the coming election year. We will not be endorsing any political candidates, but I will urge people to vote for those on the ballot who uphold biblical principles, and I will be sharing the life-changing truth of God’s Gospel in every state.

Can you imagine what a difference it could make if in the next election Christians went to the polls in unprecedented numbers? And if Christians ran for every elected office available at all levels—local, state, and national? School board members, city council members, judges, mayors—all of these are such critical positions. Just think of what would happen if the school board in your own community was made up of Christians. I’ll bet things would begin to change for the better in those schools.

Jesus said we are to be the salt and the light in this world. Salt preserves and can bring healing. We are to speak the truth of God’s Word to a society that is racing in the opposite direction, in moral decline, at warp speed. Jesus said that as lights, we are to shine brightly—up on a lampstand so everyone can see and not hidden under a basket.

Jesus instructs us, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16, NKJV).

Friends, America is in trouble. At age 62, I’ve lived long enough to learn that no political party or politician is the answer. The only hope for this country is Almighty God and His Son. We can’t sit idly by any longer. LGBT activists, abortion rights advocates, aggressive atheist groups, and others who ignore God’s Word are trying to shove their agenda down our throats. We need to take every opportunity to speak up for biblical standards and let our lights shine. We need to work to preserve our religious freedoms so that we can continue to proclaim the Gospel freely. If we as Christians stand together and let our voice be heard, I believe God can use us to make a difference. I hope you will start praying with us now.

In a video announcing the tour, Graham says the goal is not only to get "Christians to vote for candidates, men and women who will stand for biblical values," but also to mobilize "Christians to run [for office] at the local level, the state level, the federal level [and] raise up an army of men and women who are willing to get into the political field and hold to biblical values" in an effort to save America.

Ann Coulter: Liberals Bringing In 'Backward Peasants' To 'Destroy America'

Ann Coulter, who is busy promoting her new book “Adios, America! The Left’s Plan To Turn Our Country Into A Third World Hellhole,” found a friendly audience in Florida radio host Joyce Kaufman on Friday.

Kaufman complained to Coulter about refugees from Muslim countries seeking asylum in America: “I got Syrian and Somalian refugees coming in by the tens of thousands, I’ve got people from Pakistan. There was actually more people from Arab countries these last three months than all of Latin America, Central America and Mexico put together, and nobody talks about that.”

“You’re right, it is pretty amazing, but in a way it doesn’t matter where they’re from,” Coulter responded. “We are bringing in the most backward peasants across the globe, across the globe. It’s utter madness. No other country would be like this, but this is being run by the far left that wants to destroy America. They always have, they hate America, and the big businessmen go along with it because they want the cheap labor. So, there goes America!”

Coulter added that most Americans agree with her, but “the only problem is going to be getting word out about my book when every elite group in America is against me.”

Rios: 'Cleanse' Your School Board Of Those 'Homosexualizing Schools'

Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition stopped by “Sandy Rios in the Morning” today to discuss the Fairfax County, Virginia, school board’s recent decision to approve a gender identity nondiscrimination measure. Lafferty, who in her last appearance on the show called for schools to ban transgender teachers altogether, lamented the vote’s passage, decrying the “crazed board members” who backed the change.

Rios, the director of governmental affairs at the American Family Association, told Lafferty that LGBT rights advocates have been “homosexualizing schools” for over two decades, warning that LGBT themes are “folded into the texts of almost every discipline.”

“Look at the polls showing how our kids feel about homosexuality, even Christian kids,” Rios continued. “Does anybody think that’s by accident? It’s because they are inundated with a steady flow — even in those nice, good schools that you think you have. Good teachers have been silenced and for the most part they have folded.”

She warned that parents only have two options: “You’ve either got to run for school board and cleanse your local governance of these kinds of people making these horrible decisions or you’ve got to pull your kids out of school. I don’t see another choice.”

“You are putting your children in such great danger now,” she said. “Danger because of the confusion, because of the temptation, because of the indoctrination. You’re not helpless to do something about it, but you will be.”

Michael Savage: Obama Prepared To Ban Guns, This Time For Real

Every year, we hear from right-wing outlets some new way that President​ Obama is going to secretly ban guns. Such gun bans, of course, never materialize, prompting the pundit to just move on to the next conspiracy theory.

Take Michael Savage, for example. Last year, the right-wing radio talk show host claimed that Obama would “use Ebola as a pretext” to “take the guns.” Since that never happened, Savage now has a new theory for his fans: Obama will sneak a gun ban into the Trans Pacific Partnership, a controversial free trade deal, without the public ever knowing about it.

“This is a dictatorship as sure as I’m sitting here,” Savage told his listeners on Friday. “Obama’s the most dictatorial president in American history, he was never fit for office, he was voted out of office in November.”

Savage cited a memo from Gun Owners of America that was posted on the conspiracy-theory outlet InfoWars, which claimed that the TPP may include “full implementation of the anti-gun UN Arms Trade Treaty” and an “illegal amnesty which locks in millions of new, anti-gun voters.”

Savage said that while he has no idea if such language is part of the TPP, he predicted that the “sneaky socialist” Obama will make sure that the trade agreement gives him “dictatorial power over America.”

Richard Mack Suggests States 'Nullify Federal Income Tax,' Hopes Process Will Remain 'Peaceful'

Richard Mack, the former Arizona sheriff who now heads a group that promotes “nullification” of federal laws at the state and county levels, suggested at an event in Tempe last week that states threaten to “nullify federal income tax” in order to stop money from going to the federal government. He added that he hoped the process of states “tak[ing] back” the 10th Amendment would remain “peaceful.”

Mack made the remarks at an event dedicated to opposing a proposed constitutional convention, which also featured Republican State Senate President Andy Biggs and Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes, who used the opportunity to call for Sen. John McCain to be hung for treason

“There isn’t anything that’s going on in our country today that the states can’t stop,” Mack said, encouraging states and counties to refuse to take federal funds and refuse to direct money to the federal government.

“And even spending,” he said. “You want to balance the budget? Get the governors together and the state legislatures together and tell them, ‘This is how it’s going to be from now on, we’re not going to send you this and we’re not taking this, we’re not going to do this, and we might even tell the citizens, we might even pass a law in Arizona to nullify federal income tax.’ That would be courageous, wouldn’t that? It would also be a lot of fun.”

“Who asserts the 10th Amendment? Who has the constitutional and moral and ethical obligation to enforce the 10th Amendment? Is that the federal government’s job? They’re destroying it. Who’s going to stand and enforce and defend the 10th Amendment? It’s us,” he said later in his talk. “We retain everything else that’s not given to them. If we don’t hold onto it, and we’ve allowed them to take it, we have to take it back. And hopefully we have the courage and the smarts and the wherewithal to keep this process peaceful. And if we get a lot of people doing it, and a lot of states doing it, and a lot of governors doing it, and a lot of sheriffs doing it, and a lot of counties doing it, it will remain peaceful. And that’s why my whole thing has been, we take back America county by county and state by state.”

Mack is currently leading an effort to stage a political takeover of an Arizona county to implement his radical nullification agenda.

Oath Keepers Founder: John McCain 'Should Be Hung By The Neck Until Dead'

Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes told a Tempe, Arizona, conservative gathering last week that Sen. John McCain should be tried for treason and “hung by the neck until dead” for going “along with the program of the destruction of this country.”

Rhodes was taking part in an event featuring opponents of a proposed constitutional convention, including Andy Biggs, the Republican president of the Arizona state senate, and “constitutional sheriff” Richard Mack, both of whom sat alongside Rhodes as he gave his remarks.

Arguing that a constitutional convention would be skewed by the political establishment like state party conventions, Rhodes recalled his experience serving as a Ron Paul delegate in the 2008 GOP convention in Nevada, which Paul supporters claim was ended abruptly in order to shut them out.

The “GOP good-ol’-boy network,” Rhode said, “were simply getting their preordained, anointed candidate who would go along with the program of the destruction of this country.”

“John Cain [sic] is a traitor to the Constitution,” he added. “He should be tried for treason before a jury of his peers — which he would deny you, he supports your denial of a jury trial, he supported the NDAA saying that he could just have the president slam you into a brig in North Carolina or South Carolina or wherever else he wanted to, try you by military tribunal and have you executed. He would deny you the right for trial to jury, but we will give him a trial for jury, and then after we convict him, he should be hung by the neck until dead. But that was their candidate!”

 

 

Fox Pundit Todd Starnes: Obama 'Radically Dismantling The American Family' With LGBT Rights

Last week on the Family Research Council’s “Washington Watch” program, guest-host Craig James addressed a recent vote by the Fairfax County, Virginia, school board to add legal protections for gender identity to the school district’s non-discrimination policy, despite protests from Religious Right activists.

Fox News commentator Todd Starnes, who championed the effort to block the nondiscrimination provision, appeared on James’s show to denounce the board and attack the Obama administration for barring such discrimination under Title IX. “Your public schools are being turned into public indoctrination centers,” Starnes told James. “Moms and dads, they’re going to have to take back their schools or else this is going to happen in other districts around the country.”

James, incensed by the board’s decision, warned that similar protections for gender identity are “going to invade the rest of America, these other school districts.” “What in the world are we doing not waking up and seeing what’s taking place to our country?” he asked.

Starnes told listeners to rise up and fight Obama administration officials who are “radically deconstructing the American family … through the public school system.” Parents, he said, should “indoctrinate” their own children “the way we see fit.” He alleged that the administration was willing to “risk poor children going hungry by yanking the funding for free lunch” if the school district didn’t approve the non-discrimination measure.

James Dobson: America Eclipsing Nazi Germany

Speaking on Family Research Council President Tony Perkins’ radio program this weekend, Focus on the Family founder James Dobson warned that “immoral behavior” is leading America to be worse than Nazi Germany.

Dobson’s fellow guest, pastor Jack Graham, warned that America is about to witness an “implosion,” either in the form of “revival and restoration or judgment.” Lamenting “the disintegration of the moral fabric of this country,” he suggested that the U.S. was a moral country until only recently, explaining that while the Soviet Union wasn’t able to destroy the U.S., Americans are destroying our own country through immorality.

Dobson went one step further: “America has killed over 55 million babies, 55 million. You know, the Holocaust involved 6 million Jews, we’re talking 55 million babies. There’s a Planned Parenthood about two blocks from my house and I drive past it every day and I see these cars out there and I fear for the women who are making, I think, the biggest mistake of their lives and certainly the implications for their babies. We need, as a nation, to repent of the immorality, what we see on television and in the movies and how young people are being led into immoral behavior, there’s just so much.”

Glenn Beck Furious That Michelle Obama Dared To Note America Still Struggles With Racism

Surprising nobody, Glenn Beck spent an entire segment of his radio broadcast this morning attacking First Lady Michelle Obama for daring to address America’s enduring struggle with racism and prejudice in her commencement address at Tuskegee University in Alabama over the weekend.

After playing a few excerpts from Obama's speech, Beck and his co-hosts accused the first lady of hating America and of attempting to justify the behavior of those who rioted in Baltimore instead of delivering a message that told graduates that, despite whatever problems this nation may have, they can overcome them and still manage to achieve great things.

That, of course, was exactly the message of Obama's speech, but Beck chose to ignore that so that he could instead accuse her of trying to foment racial tension in an effort to drag this nation back to the 1960s.

"White people in droves went out to vote for you," Beck fumed, "and you were somehow invisible so much that you became the president and first lady of the United States of America? Tell me about the troubles that you have seen!"

"The whites have never felt it," Beck said, mocking the idea that only black people have felt the slights of discrimination and bigotry. "I mean, the conservatives have never felt it! The jobs that we are suddenly bypassed for because we're conservative, because of our viewpoint. The religious that are mocked on a daily basis and belittled. Yeah, we've never felt that. We don't know what it's like."

"We are not the country of Martin Luther King's time any more," Beck bellowed. "We are being dragged back to those days":

Ann Corcoran: Refugee Resettlement Meant To 'Rub Diversity In The Noses Of Conservative Communities'

As the United States plans to take in about 2,000 Syrian refugees this year — out of the nearly 4 million who have fled the country’s civil war — Ann Corcoran of Refugee Resettlement Watch is warning that resettlement efforts are merely attempts to create Democratic voters out of Muslim refugees who are using migration as “a form of jihad.”

Corcoran told Iowa talk radio host Jan Mickelson on Friday about her resistance to refugees from Muslim countries being resettled in her western Maryland community and throughout the country, saying that resettlement programs are a Democratic effort to gin up votes while pushing “the whole multicultural meme” on communities like hers.

“I think that it is partly driven by progressives looking for reliable left-wing Democrat voters, that’s a driving force,” she said, “I think there’s a certain amount of just wanting to rub diversity in the noses of conservative communities and places where there isn’t a lot of diversity and just bringing them in and push the whole multicultural meme on us.”

She warned that the refugees themselves have even more sinister motivations: “I can say from the standpoint of the Islamic reason for doing this, is that Mohammed told his followers to migrate to create an Islamic state throughout the world, and that’s exactly what they’re doing. Migration is a form of jihad.”

Mickelson was so sold on Corcoran’s cause that he promised to ask every single Republican presidential candidate he interviews about refugees coming to the U.S. not to “take refuge here” but “to advance Islam while they increase their lifestyle” at taxpayer expense.

“This is an existential threat to the United States,” he said. “This is absurd. You have radical Islam considers immigration to the United States an act of religious conformity, religious fidelity. It’s an act of jihad they’re commanded to do, and they’re doing so not because they have a legitimate reason to be, to take refuge here, although some may, but mostly it is to advance Islam while they increase their lifestyle, usually at the expense of the taxpayers.”

“It is an existential threat,” Corocoran agreed, adding that refugee resettlement is more dangerous that terrorist attacks. “Frankly, we could survive terrorist attacks in my mind, it might even make us stronger, but we’re not going to survive this migration,” she said. “We only need to look to Europe to see how far advanced Europe is in a very bad way.”

Mickelson added that while he was outraged by the attempted attack on an anti-Islam event in Texas by U.S.-born Islamic extremists, “the true outrages” like migration “are happening beneath the radar.”

End Times Fanatics Defend Bachmann: 'They Don't Want To Believe The Truth'

Over the weekend, the host of the End Times radio program where Michele Bachmann repeatedly asserted that President Obama was ushering in the End Times defended the former congresswoman’s comments.

“Understanding the Times” host Jan Markell chided Obama, who joked about the remarks at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, and others who poked fun at Bachmann’s comments, calling them intolerant people who despise Bachmann for merely “telling the inconvenient truth.”

“Those who celebrate diversity have been busy showing a remarkable display of a lack of diversity in recent weeks from the president all the way on down,” Markell said. “The tolerant ones are having violent fits of intolerance, the open-minded left have once again revealed themselves to be 100 percent close-minded.”

Of course, Markell didn’t consider the fact that Bachmann’s assertion that the president is responsible for bringing about the Apocalypse might also be categorized as a personal attack that represents gross intolerance.

Producer Larry Kutzler agreed with Markell’s assessment: “Michele was right in what she said, it’s just that they don’t want to believe the truth.”

Charles Murray Wants Right Wing To Use Scientology Strategy In Legal War On U.S. Government

Right-wing think tanker Charles Murray’s latest book is coming out this week, and it offers a plan “to make large chunks of the Federal Code of Regulations unenforceable.” In other words, he says, “I want to pour sugar into the regulatory state’s gas tank.”

Not surprisingly, Murray’s anti-regulation manifesto is being giddily promoted by right-wing organizations like the American Enterprise Institute, Murray’s institutional home, as well as the CATO Institute, the State Policy Network, and right-wing pundits like National Review’s Jonah Goldberg and Fox News’s John Stossel.

Murray is probably best known as co-author of “The Bell Curve,” which infamously explored theories on race and intelligence. His new book, “By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission,” is a call to “massive civil disobedience” to government regulations: “The government cannot enforce its mountain of laws and regulations without voluntary compliance. Let’s have a private-sector counterweight that pulls back the curtain and exposes the Wizard’s weakness.”

Washington Post book critic Carlos Lozada wrote recently, “If ‘Atlas Shrugged’ had been written by a despondent social scientist instead of a dyspeptic novelist, it would read a lot like ‘By the People’.”

Murray says his book grew out of frustration over the experience of a friend, who he describes as an honest businessman unjustly harassed by arrogant federal bureaucrats. Murray’s solution is to have one or a few anti-government billionaires kick in to create “The Madison Fund,” a legal group that would flood the government with lawsuits challenging the enforcement of regulations they deem unnecessary. As AEI cheerfully explains in its cartoonish graphic: “Even the largest government agency cannot afford to carry a large number of small legal cases that are strung out for as long as the law permits. Goliath cannot win against hundreds of Davids.”

That is exactly the strategy used by the Church of Scientology in its long-running war on the Internal Revenue Service. Murray doesn’t credit Scientology leader David Miscavige, but it sure seems like he should.

Journalist Lawrence Wright covered Scientology’s legal strategy in his 2013 book, “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief,” which was the basis for this year’s HBO documentary on the church. Wright reported that Scientology besieged the IRS with 200 lawsuits from the church and more than 2,300 lawsuits on behalf of individual parishioners in every jurisdiction in the country, “overwhelming government lawyers, running up fantastic expenses, and causing an immense amount of havoc inside the IRS.” Miscavige boasted that church lawyers had so exhausted the IRS’s legal budget that the agency couldn’t afford to send its lawyers to an American Bar Association conference.

That is what Murray wants to do to agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Scott Ott, cheering Murray on at PJ Media, puts it this way:

“By flooding the zone, Murray hopes to cripple the ability of the regulatory state to fight a multi-front war against we, the people….Murray would overwhelm government agencies to get them to stop arbitrary enforcement actions; to leave us alone except in situations that genuinely threaten public health and safety. He likens it to the way police don’t stop every speeding car, but only those that pose the greatest threat to the well-being of others.”

Murray does say he is not opposed to all regulation. But it’s not clear who will make those judgment calls, especially given that Murray’s examples of unnecessary government regulation include meat safety inspections (!) and health regulations applied to dental offices. Murray says supermarket chains and the American Dental Association should be trusted to police their own, with the threat of bad publicity on social media providing sufficient incentive.

Murray’s plan includes another strategy used by the Church of Scientology. Murray says the Madison Fund will wage public relations campaigns to ridicule government regulations and the officials enforcing them. Wright documents that Scientology supplemented its legal war on the IRS with ads featuring celebrities, including non-Scientologists, who had been audited or otherwise had tangled with the IRS.

The legal war waged by Scientology worked, winning the church official recognition as a tax-exempt religion and all the legal protections that came with it when the IRS caved. Wright says that IRS Commissioner Fred Goldberg “had to balance the longing on the part of some of his executives to destroy the church against the need to keep his resources, both human and financial, from being sucked into the black hole that Scientology had created.”

At least Scientology officials had just one goal – official recognition — and backed off once they won that battle. In contrast, Murray envisions an ongoing, wide-ranging, black-hole-creating campaign that he openly admits is an end-run around the democratic process, which has failed to produce the radical restrictions in government that libertarians are looking for.

In fact, Murray is remarkably down on the democratic process. “You are not going to roll back the reach of government through the political process,” he declares. “It can’t be done.”

Murray admits he is “a lot more overtly hostile toward the government – toward what’s been done to the American project – than I have ever been before.” He argues that the U.S. is the only country ever founded on a charter designed to limit the power of government, and “from 1789 to the 1930s is the sole example of minimal government anywhere, at any time.” Since the New Deal, however, government has grown in ways that can no longer be reversed, even by electing Republicans. Says Murray, “Attacking the regulatory state through the legal system is the only option for rebuilding liberty.”

Murray says he fears for America’s limited-government “soul.” It will be interesting to see how many conservatives agree that saving America’s soul means pushing the country back toward a pre-New Deal reality by a systematic campaign of legal harassment designed to prevent much of the federal government from doing its work.

Gohmert: Obama's 'Taking Over' Of Internet, Debunked ISIS Camp Report 'Breaks My Heart'

In an interview with Indianapolis-based talk radio host Greg Garrison last month, Rep. Louie Gohmert warned that “this is a really dangerous time for America,” citing the Federal Communications Commission’s new net neutrality rules and a right-wing group’s debunked report of an ISIS camp just south of the border in Mexico.

Gohmert spoke with Garrison at the annual radio row event hosted by the anti-immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), where the topic inevitably turned to President Obama’s executive orders on immigration, which Gohmert compared to what he called the FCC’s “taking over” of the Internet with the net neutrality rules.

“Look at the FCC,” he said. “I mean, the FCC had no intention of taking over the Internet. I mean, gosh, even though it was one of the most amazing developments in the history of man when it comes to entrepreneurism and just amazing, you know, free enterprise, innovation. It was awesome. But it was doing so well Obama couldn’t stand the thought of the government not taking it over. So, he says the FCC’s going to take it over, they had to scramble and redo their thinking, and then they come out with regulations saying, in essence, they would take it over. I mean, this is really a dangerous time for America.”

“But you know, Greg, the old adage is democracy ensures a people are governed no better than they deserve,” he added. “And what breaks my heart, and I know it does yours, is Americans that have not awakened are getting what we deserve. It is really a shame.”

Garrison agreed, saying that President Obama is “batting for the other team,” as “evident” at the southern border.

This led Gohmert to bring up the debunked Judicial Watch report of an ISIS camp south of El Paso: “Then we find out this week there’s an ISIS camp three miles south of El Paso, a training center, and they’re working closely with the drug cartels. This is a dangerous time for the king of America to be allowing open borders.”

 

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