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Research Shows that Seven Hours of Sleep Might Be the Sweet Spot

In California, 95% of professor’s donations goes to DemocratsNever let your guard down, especially in school.  Or consuming media.  Or entertainment.  Or . . .

Should you only have sex when you feel like it?  Wise words.

5 Obvious Principles of Human Nature That Baffle Liberals – These are foundational issues that caused Leftists to go off course and stay there.  This is why their solutions haven’t worked and will never work.

Why a lustful man doesn’t want a woman

In the following lines, Lewis explains why a lustful man ironically has no use for a real woman. He writes:

We use a most unfortunate idiom when we say, of a lustful man prowling the streets, that he “wants a woman.” Strictly speaking, a woman is just what he does not want. He wants a pleasure for which a woman happens to be the necessary piece of apparatus. How much he cares about the woman as such may be gauged by his attitude to her five minutes after fruition (one does not keep the carton after one has smoked the cigarettes).

Booker T. Washington vs NAACP

Booker T. Washington, an educator, reformer, and founder of Tuskegee University, preached a philosophy of self-reliance by elevating oneself through education, hard work and entrepreneurship as an agenda for black America’s advancement. According to former congressional representative Allen West, those three values completely align with conservative principles.

If Booker T. Washington’s agenda for black Americans had not been circumvented by radical progressives W.E.B. Du Bois and the NAACP, we would be experiencing a different America today.

Booker T. Washington’s prescription for advancement was specific, realistic, and measurable and results driven and useful for any individual (regardless of race). However, the NAACP mission statement is full of vague social justice terminology with no specifics and is unmeasurable and unattainable with no sufficient directions to how to achieve it other than through government intervention or force. In fact, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 already covers their entire mission and vision statements.

Molech Cult Demands Total Dominance  — Yep.  Leftists love abortion as much as Molech loved his version of child sacrifice.  They use the “safe, legal and rare” mantra in a morbidly cynical ploy to pretend they think it is less than ideal, but their actions betray them.  They want it legal and often, and they don’t really care if it is safe for mother or child.

Exposed: How the VA red-flags ‘disruptive’ vets – Make no mistake: They will do the same and more when Obamacare fulfills its objective of becoming single-payer.  They will control your healthcare, so they will control you and your speech.

New David Foster film tells the story of EXLGBT change – Sounds like a good movie about people the Left insists don’t exist.

The Reality and Roots of Gay-on-Gay Violence and ‘Gay Men’s Obsession with Sex,’ in One Homosexual Writer’s Words – Gross, but true, and all the more to encourage people to change – or better yet, to avoid the lifestyle to begin with.

HIV infections are exploding —  This is not surprising.  People conditioned to rebel against God’s created order are not the type to take nanny-state advice on using condoms.  And it is symptomatic of the pathology that you would even have to encourage them to use condoms, disease risks or not.  You’d think that they would be begging for condoms to keep the feces off their body.

HIV infections are rising among gay men in many parts of the world, the World Health Organization warned Friday, urging all men who have sex with men to take antiretroviral drugs to prevent infection.

“We are seeing exploding epidemics,” warned Gottfried Hirnschall, who heads WHO’s HIV department.

Infection rates are rising again among men who have sex with men — the group at the epicentre of AIDS pandemic when it first emerged 33 years ago, he told reporters in Geneva.

While images of skeletal men dying of AIDS in the 1980s pushed the world to act, a younger generation that has grown up among new treatments that make it possible to live with HIV are less focused on the disease, he suggested.

Today, this group is 19 times more likely than the general population to be infected by HIV, Hirnschall said.

How involved fathers improve the mental health of their daughters – This is intuitive and factual, unlike the cherry-picked Leftist studies insisting that deliberately single moms and/or Lesbians are better for raising boys.

In a series of studies beginning in 1999, he found that when girls had a warm relationship with their fathers and spent a lot of time with them in the first five to seven years of their lives, they had a reduced risk of early puberty, early initiation of sex and teen pregnancy.

Matthew Vines Michael Brown debate audio on Moody radio, with summary – Good resource to share with those taken in by Vines’ terrible and self-serving Bible-twisting.

7 Good Reasons To Stop Looking at Porn Right Now – All good reasons.

5. The Cost to Your Mission

The Lord’s commission is an urgent commission because it is a matter of eternal life and death. Time is short and hell is forever, which makes the Christian’s business an urgent business. And yet so many Christians are distracted by something as evil and as wasteful as pornography. Their attention is arrested, their energy depleted, their usefulness undermined. Don Whitney says it well: “If there are any regrets in Heaven, they will only be that we did not use our earthly time more for the glory of God and for growth in His grace. If this is so, this may be Heaven’s only similarity with hell, which will be filled with agonizing laments over time so foolishly squandered.” For the sake of your mission, stop looking at pornography.

Shamed Prophets Become Fearless – I’m no prophet, but I agree with these points.  We shouldn’t shed diplomacy, but you can become more bold as you learn and practice more, and as you develop an eternal perspective.

[W]hen was the last time you hedged on an opinion because of…those around you? When did you last choose your words based more on the politics of a situation than on truth?…

It’s no wonder that one of the first tasks of any prophet was to make himself shameful. John the Baptist wore camel hair and ate insects. Isaiah had to walk around naked for years. Ezekiel had to cook his food over dung. Elijah ate only food carried by ravens—nasty carrion birds. The first thing God told Hosea to do was to marry a whore.

Prophets must be fearless, immune to the pressures of kings and crowds, aligned only with the breath of God.

We are in need of prophets now….

Prophets must be immune to floggings on Facebook and Twitter. They must be fearless before friends and tenure committees and stadiums filled with the priests of Baal. The cool-shaming can have no sting. The world is busy applying pressure on “social issues,” and Christians are busy caving left and right, trying to accept fresh cultural dogma simply so that they might be accepted….

When “war on science” means “daring to fight corruption” – This is foundational to any intelligent discussions on Intelligent Design/Darwinism, global warming/”climate change,” etc.  People respond to incentives, and there are plenty of incentives for scientists to read from the script.

Obviously, academic freedom means nothing when one’s views differ from the liberal faculty majority – or when they contrast with views and “science” that garners the university millions of dollars a year from government, foundation, corporate and other sources, to advance the alarmist climate change agenda. All these institutions are intolerant of research by scientists like Legates, because they fear losing grant money if they permit contrarian views, discussions, debates or anything that questions the climate chaos “consensus.” At this point, academic freedom and free speech obviously apply only to advance selected political agendas, and campus “diversity” exists in everything but opinions.

Climate alarmists have been implicated in the ClimateGate scandal, for conspiring to prevent their adversaries from receiving grants, publishing scientific papers, and advancing their careers. Yet they are staunchly supported by their universities, professional organizations, union – and groups like Greenpeace.

Meanwhile, climate disaster skeptics are vilified and harassed by these same groups, who pretend they are fighting to “let scientists conduct research without the threat of politically motivated attacks.” Far worse, we taxpayers are paying the tab for the junk science – and then getting stuck with regulations, soaring energy bills, lost jobs and reduced living standards…based on that bogus science.

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Eat-the-Rich Socialist Michael Moore Owns Nine HousesSadly, the Leftists who cheer this hypocrite will never know these facts.  Their media of choice won’t tell them.

Far left propagandist and rabble-rouser Michael Moore righteously proclaims that he is of the proletariat and not part of the 1% (video). Yet hawking his anti-capitalist B.S. on the capitalist market has earned him enough to buy nine houses. The dumping of Kathy Glynn, his wife of 22 years, is bringing embarrassing details to light regarding his conspicuous consumption:

His hit movies and best-selling books have begat a lifestyle far from most ballcap-wearing, duck-waddling denizens of Flint [a rustbelt hellhole that he falsely claims as his hometown].

How to believe – Great points by Stan about challenging verses on how the Bible teaches that we come to believe in Jesus.

Planned Parenthood Counselor Caught Telling Teen to Let Her Boyfriend Beat Her – And the third video comes out.  The “rogue” counselors all follow the same script and couldn’t be more practiced at what they are saying.

If you want to prove you don’t hate gays, all you have to do is worship at their feet – Exactly.  Have you noticed how the iconically macho National Football League now reports to the gay lobby?  Same thing for the NBA, MLB, etc.  What a bunch of wimps.  They join loads of apostate Christian churches and weak-willed people who would rather bow to political correctness than speak the truth.  The truth sounds like hate to those that hate the truth.

The ’10 Percent Gay’ Myth Is Dead – Just 1.6 Percent of U.S. Adults Identify as Gay or Lesbian, and .7 Percent as Bisexual, Major Federal Survey Finds – They’ve been spreading the 10% lie for decades.

ISIS reportedly orders women and girls of Mosul to undergo ‘genital mutilation’ – And yet the Leftist “war on women” crowd will be silent.  Hillary, Elizabeth Warren, Planned Parenthood, NOW, etc. are too busy protesting Hobby Lobby for only paying for 16 forms of birth control.

Israel Supporters Attacked by Crowd Shouting ‘Kill Jews’ in Canada – Subtle.  This isn’t isolated, either.  They’ll be doing the same to other groups as soon as they get the chance. Or read here about an “honor killing” of a 10 yr. old rape victim.

Cohabitation: Still a terrible idea – a new study confirms what people should have known already.

Dollar Shave Club – Shameless plug.  Got some as a great Father’sI enjoy sticking it to the man (i.e., Gillette).  Funny commercials, too.

Study: Socialists Twice as Likely to CheatThis speaks volumes about why the President and other leading Democrats are so willing to lie, and why the media is so willing to overlook the lies.

Individuals exposed to socialism were twice as likely to cheat as those who had not been in a socialist system, says a new study from a collaboration between Duke University and the University of Munich.  “The longer individuals were exposed to socialism, the more likely they were to cheat on our task.”

Export-Import Bank crony capitalism kills American jobs – Crony capitalism is not real capitalism, and not something Conservatives support.  This is something that should unite Democrats and Republicans who aren’t feeding at the trough.

‘I Got Him in a Bloody Puddle for You’: Father Beats Gay Teen Molesting Son – Some fitting pre-justice before the guy goes to jail for a long time.

Intelligence Report: Invasion Caused by Expectation of Amnesty, Not Violence in Central America – If you are surprised, then I’m surprised that you are surprised.  This influx as as choreographed as a ballet.  It was designed to take your money to support people who will vote against you.  It is a Leftist dream.

Repaid Kindness – This is symptomatic of the Islamic mindset: No qualms about encouraging a family member to literally blow up herself and the people who healed her.  Hat tip: Glenn

On 20 June 2005, twenty-one-year-old Wafa Samir Ibrahim al-Biss was detained at a crossing into Israel when something about her gait struck the guards on duty at that post as somewhat amiss. This Palestinian woman was arrested after a search revealed she had been carrying 22 lbs. of explosives strapped to her body. While al-Biss had ostensibly been attempting to enter Israel to attend a follow-up appointment at the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheva, questioning revealed that it had been her intent to detonate the payload she’d been carrying at that institution. The would-be bomber had been treated there five months previous for severe burns received after a gas canister exploded on a fire while she was cooking at her refugee camp home in the Gaza Strip.

The Real Reason “50 Shades of Grey” is so Popular

I think women gravitate to 50 Shades of Grey (and other similar erotica) because they haven’t embraced the proper roles in sex and marriage. Feminism has taught them that they can never, ever, in any fashion submit to a man…unless it’s during sex, if that sort of thing is their cup of tea. Anything goes in the bedroom. Feminism told them that it’s degrading to be a stay-at-home mom or to submit to a husband or to want a lot of children. They should never have sex with their husbands unless they feel like it. They should never let a man make decisions for their family. But having a stranger use and abuse you sexually? Well, that’s empowering, don’t ya know.

A special kind of stupid

The mind reels.  I usually don’t use the “s” word in blogging, but it is so appropriate here.

Radical pro-abortionist and false teacher Chuck “Jesus is not the only way but He sure is a bigot” Currie of the UCC (Unitarians Counterfeiting Christ) took a break from taking little girls to gay pride parades toto tell us how to solve the problems in the Middle East: An Absurd Peace Plan That Might Work.

His solution?  Let the religious leaders work it out.

For a guy who fashions himself as such an expert that was a special kind of stupid thing to say.  He doesn’t even know that in Islam religion is inseparable from politics.  The “separation” concept is meaningless to them.

Of course, Chuck is the progressive “Christian” minister who has read the Bible so little that he thought John 14:6 was the only verse claiming Jesus’ exclusivity.  With a wave of his hand he dismissed the entire Gospel of John from the Canon and inserted the “Gospel” of Thomas. Oh, and he said we have as much to learn from Islam as they do from us.

This is the kind of person masquerading as a Christian in most Leftist churches.

More silliness:

U.S. Christian leaders who wrote to President Obama this week were correct to argue: “As U.S. churches and Christian organizations, we join others worldwide who are calling for an immediate end to the violence — as well as its underlying causes — in Palestine and Israel.” This conflict must stop. 

Well, of course, since some false teachers said so.

The rest of the piece is similar nonsense, claiming that both sides are equally bad and false accusing Israel of targeting civilians.

This is a great example of how you can trust Islam.

Chuck and the media ignore the truth about the religion of peace.  Their body count stacks up daily yet they pretend they are similar to Christianity.   If Muslims are so peaceful why are so many afraid to offend them?  And if Christians are so dangerous why are so few afraid to offend them?

On the other hand, let’s send Chuck and the other Leftists to all the Islamic countries propping up Hamas and let them tell them they must stop what they are doing.  They could also inform the Muslims how other religions are just as true as Islam.  Now that would solve something.

I agree that it was a message from demons . . .

1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus

Lest anyone think this is gratuitous Catholic-bashing, please note that I spend way more time addressing false teachers within Protestantism.

The Mother Mary Facebook page shared this story about how demons allegedly fear Mary and her power for salvation.  These demons also give you tips on how to be saved — but only because they were allegedly forced to.  I completely agree that the message is demonic in nature, just not in the way the author intended it.  I see these possibilities:

1. A demon really said it, but was lying because Satan wants to confuse people about Mary’s role, take away glory from Jesus and keep people in bondage.

2. Someone made it up as “evidence” of the Catholic Church’s false claims about Mary.  And we know who the father of lies is.

This is only believable to those who don’t study the Bible and/or those who are hostile to its truths.

When Saint Dominic was preaching the Rosary near Carcassone, an Albigensian was brought to him who was possessed by the devil. Saint Dominic exorcised him in the presence of a great crowd of people; it appears that over twelve thousand had come to hear him preach.

During the exorcism, the demon was forced to speak the following about devotion to the Mother of God: “Listen well, you Christians: the Mother of Jesus Christ is all-powerful, and She can save Her servants from falling into hell. She is the Sun which destroys the darkness of our wiles. It is She who uncovers our hidden plots, breaks our snares, and makes our temptations useless and ineffectual.

Please stop and consider for a moment whether a demon of Satan just might lie about how people are really saved. 

So we are supposed to be her servants and not Christ’s?  Mary is all-powerful?

The Holy Spirit forgot to mention any of that in the Bible when He addressed the faith once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3).

“We have to say, however reluctantly, that not a single soul who has really persevered in Her service has ever been damned with us; one single sigh that She offers to the Blessed Trinity is worth far more than all the prayers, desires, and aspirations of all the saints.
“We fear Her more than all the other saints in Heaven together, and we have no success with Her faithful servants. Many Christians who call upon Her when they are in the hour of death, and who really ought to be damned according to our ordinary standards, are saved by Her intercession.

They slip up here when referring to “our ordinary standards.”  Uh, wouldn’t that be God’s standards that are involved with the damnation question?

“Oh, if only that Mary (it is thus in their fury that they called Her) had not pitted Her strength against ours and had not upset our plans, we should have conquered the Church and should have destroyed it long before this, and we would have seen to it that all of the Orders in the Church fell into error and disorder.

So they fear Mary but not Jesus?  Interesting.

“Now that we are forced to speak, we must also tell you this: nobody who perseveres in saying the Rosary will be damned, because She obtains for Her servants the grace of true contrition for their sins, and by means of this they obtain God’s forgiveness and mercy.”

So we’re saved by saying the rosary and not by repenting and believing in Jesus?  I missed that part in the Bible.  Must have been right after the part about vain repetition.

For the record, I think that some people in the Catholic church are saved but just don’t know what the foundations of the religion really are (works-based justification, Mariolatry, indulgences, purgatory, etc.).  I also think that many in the Protestant church aren’t saved.

But people who believe what that Facebook page said have some wildly inaccurate theology.  The comments there were as creepy and sad as the post itself.  I beg people to read the Bible for themselves and abandon these man-made / demon-made tales.  Read the Book of Acts, the history of the early church, and ask why Mary was only mentioned once — and that was merely noting her presence a room.  Why no mentions in Romans?  And 1 Corinthians?  And 2 Corinthians?  And so on.  If the Bible was given to us by the Catholic religion, as it falsely claims, then why doesn’t it include more about Mary?

This is from another post on that site.  I don’t recall any Bible verses about this, either.

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We cut the cable! Woo-hoo!

We finally did it:  We dropped cable TV and our land line phone, saving lots of money and not really giving anything up.  The only people who ever called the land line were solicitors and our parents, so we switched to mobile only.

We added HD antennas, so we still get the channels we want (we watch very, very little TV).  And we got a pleasant surprise: Our TIVO will record off the antenna.

We also bought Rokus.  Mrs. Eternity Matters found a few things she likes on the Roku, such as a Pilates channel, music channels, access to the Sirius account, and more.  And Netflix and Amazon streaming are way faster on the Roku than on TIVO.

I must say it was a lot of fun to return the TV hardware to Comcast.  We are keeping our Internet service with them.  I got a good deal for this year at least — a little less than U-verse for theoretically higher speeds, plus we don’t have to change email addresses.

Unlike Rat, I don’t care if I don’t have ESPN.
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You shall not steal.

I was invited to write this for the Stubborn Things blog and am cross-posting it here. 

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Stealing makes an unspoken yet clear and outrageous claim against God: “You didn’t order the universe properly, so I will fix your mistakes by taking what is rightfully mine.”  Therefore, it is a sin against God and neighbor.

Stealing is typically accompanied by other sins.  The root is the pride in thinking we deserve more.  Coveting leads to stealing just as unrighteousness anger and lust are precursors to the physical acts of murder and adultery and are also violations of the spirit of the law. Lying usually surrounds thefts, and the cover-ups are often worse than the crimes.  In the investigation work my group does I’ve noted that people who steal don’t mind lying about stealing.

We are often clever and subtle in how we take what doesn’t belong to us.  Sure, some steal the old-fashioned way.  I come across those people both at work, when investigating those who steal from my employer, and in prison ministry (it keeps my life in balance).  Most of us are more sophisticated, though, and pretend that we don’t steal because we aren’t physically taking property clearly belonging to another.  We use our spiritual gift of rationalization* not only to justify theft but to pretend that our vice is a virtue.

Exhibit A: Those who petition Caesar to take from neighbor A by force to redistribute to neighbor B and congratulate themselves on how generous they are.  That thinly disguised attempt at sanctified theft is so ingrained that people often use it to justify why they give so little back to God.  It is symptomatic of our decline that we must remind people that Jesus taught to give your money.  I submit, and the good folks at Dictionary.com agree, that taxes and giving have unique and irreconcilable definitions.

And yes, I used a political example.  God’s commandment against stealing and his admonitions to give presuppose the ownership of private property.  If it isn’t yours, there is nothing to steal and you have nothing to give.  Politics should be about the ethical use of power, so our biblical worldviews should influence our voting.  It is foolish to let our ideological foes tell us that parts of the universe aren’t under God’s sovereignty — especially when those shouting their misunderstanding of the “separation of church and state” issue only try to silence the religious people they disagree with.

Softballs aside, let’s look closer to home.

While Leftists steal jobs and taxes from those impacted by illegal immigration, crony capitalists are just as guilty of theft because they want cheap labor for themselves.

At a Sunday School party celebrating the birth of our Savior, a group of relatively conservative Christians lamented the fall of Napster because they could no longer download “free” music.  After all, those rich record companies could afford it.

Some Bible-believing Christians concede that Obamacare is bad for many, but it helps them so they support it.

Poor driving puts our neighbors at risk.  We steal some of their safety and well-being when we prioritize our schedules and convenience above our neighbors’ best interests.   We don’t actually announce, “I’m running late, so I’ll risk your health, life and property to make up time,” but our actions betray us.

When speaking about leadership to professional groups I ask, “What is it called when you take something that doesn’t belong to you?”  [Pause] Stealing, of course.  So what is it called when you take credit for your employees’ ideas?  [Uncomfortable pause] Yep, stealing.

How about stealing time from your employer?  Would it be ironic and hypocritical to write about stealing on work time, even if you make it up as necessary and meet all your commitments and more?  That’s a hypothetical, of course.

Then there are sins like stealing the joy of others via all sorts of selfish acts and unkind words, stealing purity via out-of-wedlock sex, stealing reputations via gossip, stealing the innocence and security of children via frivolous divorce, and more.

If we love God we shouldn’t sit in judgment of how He has ordered our lives.  If we love our neighbors we shouldn’t take what belongs to them.

Thankfully, the blood of the cross can cover our many sins of stealing. God adopts, completely forgives and pours eternal blessings on all who repent and trust in Jesus. By his spirit we can be conformed more to his likeness every day and begin to only desire that which authentically belongs to us.  We can also remember that it is only ours by his grace, and that when Jesus said to lay up treasures in Heaven it wasn’t marketing spin.

*Possibly not a real spiritual gift.

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Apology to an Anti-Chicken Bigot – If you need a good laugh then read Mike Adams’ piece exposing Leftist hypocrisy.

Black Christians and the Myth of Prosperity PreachingGreat points by someone who caught on to the scam and broke free.  Tip offs: The pastor mainly talks about giving, all giving is directed to go to his church (i.e., him) and he pressures you to give to him rather than pay other obligations that you committed to.  Yes, we should give generously, but not to frauds.  See 2 Corinthians 9.

After I completed a couple of degrees and began associating with a group of financially intelligent individuals, I started to learn and apply sound financial principles.  I then realized that my financial situation had improved for two reasons: more education (resulted in a better job with higher pay and/or promotion on current job) and knowledge of how to manage and invest my income.  I also realized that my pastors never mentioned education or investments (other than investing in the kingdom of God) as a means to acquire wealth.

I then began to wonder why my wealthy pastors never encouraged their members to acquire as much education as possible as a means to a higher-paying job, or to seek out a professional financial planner to advise them on how to set up a budget and invest some of their income.  Is it because the wealthy pastors know that if their faithful followers become educated, it will more difficult to manipulate them?  In fact, on many occasions the pastors would mock the members who did have college degrees.

7 Things You Didn’t Know About CashewsSummary: Tastes good, and good for you!

An ounce of cashews is 150 calories, but will keep you satiated longer than a processed-carb snack of equal calories. Cashews are a good source of healthy fats and protein, with 5 grams of protein per one ounce serving and 9 grams of unsaturated fats.

Elizabeth Warren’s Eleven Tenets of Moonbattery – She is much more likely to be the Democratic nominee than Hillary.  This link is a keeper to help translate what she really means.

More Violent Gang Members Turn Up Among Illegal Alien Children – What morbid irony: They are bringing in these dangerous illegals to vote Democrat so they can take away our 2nd Amendment rights while simultaneously ensuring that we’ll need guns more than ever.

Australia Triumphantly Shakes Off Carbon Tax – Good for them!  I hope we wise up and stop letting the “climate change” lies harm so many people.

Concealed carrier saves stabbing victim – Good news!  Don’t expect to see this in the mainstream media.  It doesn’t fit the narrative.

Dem Governor: Let The Children Through Our Borders …Just Don’t Send Them To My State! – A perfect example of Leftist “compassion” and hypocrisy – thoroughly “generous” with other people’s money.

Child Porn Bust Provides Insight Into Gay Adoption

Police protect Jewish students from Pro-Palestinian mob . . . in Boston – from the “Leftists are all kinds of crazy” category.

The mere presence of a gay pro-Israel couple at the rally “set off a hailstorm” of venom from Hamas supporters that would no doubt be national news by now if the epithets had been hurled by, say, Tea Partiers.  (Incidentally, I’ve never been able to square the circle of grassroots Lefties’ anti-Israel attitudes.  The tiny nation is an oasis of pluralistic democracy in an autocratic and oppressive neighborhood, it boasts a robust nationalized healthcare system, and it proudly protects the rights of women and gays.  And yet many on the far Left aggressively side with Israel’s violent, intolerant — and in some cases, genocidal — adversaries.  Why?)  In any case, let’s forget about these Holocaust- and death-celebrating slurs, and ignore disgusting scenes like this.

Right-To-Work Study Destroys Obama’s Claim That Forcing Americans To Join Unions Helps The Economy

The verdict is in: if the President really wants increased personal-income growth, population growth, and job growth, he should encourage states to get rid of forced unionism and adopt right-to-work laws today.

Still one of the best music videos ever.  And a great song to dance the Tango to!  Seriously.

A good response to the “sex is not consent to pregnancy, so abortion is OK” fallacy

I support the concept of men being responsible for the children they create.  I don’t support the one-sided pro-abortion argument that sex – with or without attempted birth control – is not consent to pregnancy, therefore women have the option to kill the children they created.  It is a lousy argument to begin with, but even if true then these radical feminists should be consistent and let the guys have the same choice to opt-out.  Don’t let pro-aborts get away with the inconsistency.  If they use that argument, ask if they also apply it to men.

Via If a Man Doesn’t Want to be a Father, He’s a Deadbeat; A Woman is Just Pro-Choice.

When arguing about abortion, I’ve seen a lot of people claim “sex isn’t a contract.” Other variations of this idea include:
·         Consent to A doesn’t mean consent to B (that is, consent to sex doesn’t mean consent to reproduction).
·         You clearly don’t consent to reproduce if you use birth control.
·         Sex is not a crime and shouldn’t be punished / Rights cannot be restricted unless there is a crime.
The problem is, when it comes to reproduction, these arguments only apply to women.
If a man gets a woman pregnant–be it his wife, girlfriend, affair, or one night stand–he is legally bound to provide support for that child. In other words, because the man participated in the child’s conception (because the man had sex), his rights are altered. It doesn’t matter if the man was only consenting to sex, and not to reproduction. It doesn’t matter if he used birth control. It doesn’t matter that sex isn’t a crime. He fathered the kid, so the law considers him responsible for the kid.
secularprolife2And the law takes a pretty hard line on the subject. Courts can require a father to pay child support based not just on what he earns, but on what courts believe he has the ability to earn. Child support obligations remain even if a father goes to prison, or declares bankruptcy. Even if he wants to terminate his parental rights (and therefore his parental responsibilities), the courts usually won’t allow it unless there is another adult prepared to adopt the child and take over that responsibility. And there are many methods for enforcing child support. A man’s tax refunds can be intercepted, his property seized, business or occupational license suspended, and in some states his driver’s license can be revoked. If he still fails to make payment, he can be held in contempt and given jail time.
In short, if a man has sex he runs the risk of being (rather tightly) legally bound to any new life he creates. . .

If you can’t dictate the terms to a McDonald’s cashier, what makes you think you can do so with God?

If you authentically seek God on his terms, you will find him. If you think you get to sit in judgement of the real God, you will not find him.  If you “seek” a god of your own making, you will not find him – except in the mirror, and as you know that god has rather limited powers.  If you think that pretending He doesn’t exist will make him go away, you are mistaken.

Romans 1:18–20 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

 

Romans 9:20 But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?

That may sound obvious, but think about how many people insist that all religions lead to God.  Lots of false teachers in churches will tell you such things.  People claim that they wouldn’t believe in a God who says that homosexual behavior is a sin or who sends guilty sinners to Hell, as if not liking someone makes them disappear.

An acquaintance once noted that he would never believe in a God that would send his Jewish friend to Hell.  What was lost on this college-educated person is that whether he liked God or not, if the one true God will send non-believers to Hell then that is what will happen.  God is not going to disappear because this guy doesn’t like his terms and conditions.  And being in Hell with his friend is not going to make it better for either of them.  Side note: If the subject weren’t so serious it would be amusing how certain people are that they will be happier in Hell or that they get to spend time with friends and family there.

They don’t recognize the absurdity of thinking something doesn’t exist just because they don’t like it or the idea that they can tell the real God what He must be like.

What if you went to a company for a job and demanded that they hire you on your terms?  Hey, go ahead and ask for a million dollar salary and unlimited vacation.  Ridiculous, eh?  But only a tiny fraction as ridiculous as thinking you are going to tell God how things must be.

Or tell the cop who pulled you over that you set the speed limits today and that he is wasting your time.  Or pretend that he doesn’t exist because you don’t like him.

Or tell your teacher that she has to give you an A+ even though you won’t come to class, do homework or take tests.

Or if you are still at home, tell your parents that you set the rules now.

Better yet, go to McDonald’s and tell the cashier to give you your entire meal for $1 because you set the prices and see how that works.

If you can’t dictate terms to the person barely and momentarily higher than you on the cosmic organization chart, what makes you think that the one true God must answer to you or that pretending He doesn’t exist will make him disappear?  

God sets the terms, not us.  His first commandments make that explicit.  Better yet, the first verse of the Bible makes that clear.

What makes anyone think they get to dictate the terms of the universe and eternal life to the one true God?  Pride.  Satanic pride (“Did God really say . . .?”).

Be bold in prayer, but know that God still sets the terms.  Ask tough questions, but know that God is ultimately just and all-knowing (also see Job 38).  Seek him earnestly, but humbly and on his terms.

Where do you find his terms?  In the Bible.  They are indescribably generous.  All you have to do is repent and trust in Jesus.  No good deeds required – though in response to his mercy and grace and by the power of the Holy Spirit you’ll be inspired to do good deeds.  Better yet, not only are all your sins forgiven but God will credit Jesus’ perfect righteousness to your account.  It is the ultimate trade, but that is the only way to get there.

If you “seek” a god of your own making, you will not find the one true God.  If you’ve been doing that, stop kidding yourself.  Eternity is a mighty long time to regret your foolish pride.

If you authentically seek God on his terms, you will find him.

Acts 17:26–27 (ESV) And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us . . .

 

Luke 11:9-13 And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.  What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

If you are a believer, try using this line of thinking when sharing the Good News with others.  Ask someone what they think happens when they die, then use the 10 Commandments to point to their sinfulness and need of a Savior.  Explain how God sets the terms of engagement and how remarkably loving and generous they are.  Note how these same terms applied to you and how grateful you are for them.  If they start judging God or pretending that they can ignore him if they don’t like his ways, use any of the examples above to push a reset button on them.  They may not repent and believe on the spot, but you will disarm them of a really bad line of thinking and hopefully plant a seed that someone else will water.

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“Recycled” hard drive at the FEC too? – And of course, the employee at the Federal Election Commission accused of partisan political activities is a former co-worker of former IRS chief Lois Lerner.  Getting rid of email trails isn’t something one person can do.  This has to be a wide-scale conspiracy that dwarfs anything Nixon did.  And they are doing it in such a ridiculous in-your-face way, because they know the media won’t call them on it.  That will only embolden them.

Tattoo removal surges 440% over the last decadeIf there was a mutual fund of tattoo-removal companies I would definitely invest in it.  Nothing says, “I can’t think 15 minutes into the future,” to potential employers like visible and often inappropriate tattoos. 

Bible Hub – This is a great site for quick searches or deep study.  It is easy to drill into the Greek or Hebrew for key words.  Best of all, it has 25 translations but does not include The Message! 

My Nobel Peace Prize Gaza Plan : The Other McCain.Clever way to call the bluff of the Left and their irrational Israel-hatred: Offer to relocate everyone in the Gaza strip to the U.S. 

Twenty billion dollars — by my calculations, that’s what it would cost to solve the problem of the Gaza Strip.

The population of Gaza is estimated at slightly more than 1.8 million people. So if we figure $10,000 for every man woman and child in Gaza, that’s $18,000,000,000, give or take a few hundred million dollars. Add $2 billion for administrative expenses.

How to Make Sure You Get Your Security Deposit BackGood tips.  Always take pictures and/or video.  Do this with rental cars as well in case they try to say you caused previously existing damage.

Illegal Aliens Allowed to Fly Without Verifiable ID – Stunning.  Apparently they are too busy patting down grandma, making little kids cry, pouring out baby formula, wasting your time, etc. than to check the people who are authentic risks.

Government Employee Union Yanks Black Education Money After Charity Accepts Funds from ConservativesGet back on the plantation!  No thinking for yourselves!  I hope more and more blacks are exposed to the truths of how the Democrats use and abuse them – starting with their radical pro-abortion extremism in the policies that help kill black babies at a rate three times that of whites – and which they want to grow via taxpayer-funded abortions.

One at a time, please. – A great take-down of the “serial monogamy isn’t being promiscuity” fallacy so prevalent in the world and much of the church. 

Serial monogamy is elevated to such lofty heights in our society that it would be easy to forget that all it really means is one at a time.   Women will always search for a societal definition of the boundary between good girls and sluts, and our current answer is:

Good girls don’t do more than one man at a time.

Many would assume that modern women no longer care about such trivialities as the difference between good girls and sluts, especially since we now have sluts literally marching down the streets of every major western city.  While this mistake is understandable, it misconstrues what the slutwalks are all about.  The slutwalkers claim to embrace the term slut, but if they didn’t feel a powerful stigma they wouldn’t be protesting.  If the slutwalkers really wanted to show how unconcerned they are with the stigma of the word, they would proudly display the number of penises they had personally sampled, each eager to one up the more prude and inexperienced in their ranks.  But this would be taking the whole slut thing a bit too far, so very few women would be willing to march with an honest number.

Rebecca Vipond Brink at The Frisky recently posted an excellent example of all of this in Girl Talk: It’s Not Wrong To Date While You’re Divorcing:

I started dating immediately after I told my now-ex that I wanted to get a divorce. This was because, as one of my friends very aptly put it, I wasn’t really “rebounding” so much as just “bounding” — rebounding assumes that you’re bouncing off of something, and I wanted a divorce because my marriage no longer qualified as a relationship.

The problem occurred when some of the men she was dating declined to have sex with her because she was still legally married:

I think I dated maybe eight men in a six-month period. Two of them (so we’re talking 25 percent) enjoyed my company, enjoyed the sex, and then all of a sudden decided to tell me that they “couldn’t” date me because it was morally wrong because I was “still married.”

Obviously she felt the burn of being slut shamed by these men, or she wouldn’t have bothered writing an article complaining about the terrible unfairness of it all. 

So she apparently slept with 8 guys in 6 months and was wounded that two of them decided to stop sleeping with her because of their consciences (or was that just a good excuse?). 

Raising Daughters Who Will Attract and Recognize the Right Kind of Men – Read it all.

Instead of intimidating all your daughter’s potential suitors, raise a daughter who intimidates them just fine on her own. Because, you know what’s intimidating? Strength and dignity. Deep faith. Self-assuredness. Wisdom. Kindness. Humility. Industriousness. Those are the bricks that build the wall that withstands the advances of old Slouchy-Pants, whether you ever show up with your Winchester locked and loaded or not. The unsuitable suitor finds nothing more terrifying than a woman who knows her worth to God and to her family.

Bowe Bergdahl: Possibly Obama’s Most Potent Weapon in His War Against the US Military – Make no mistake: Obama is an enemy of the U.S.

Obama has attacked the military in part by pulling the rug out from under it financially and redirecting the money to pernicious social programs that encourage indolence, dependence, and illegal immigration, but more effectively by eroding its morale.

Toward this end, Obama has gone out of his way to homosexualize the military. He has thrown away the gains that thousands sacrificed their lives for in Iraq. He has eschewed victory as an objective in Afgha
nistan, reducing troops to sitting ducks with absurd rules of engagement. He has purged the officer corps of patriots, replacing them with political flunkies. He has overseen a VA that lets vets die by the dozens on secret waiting lists, even as invaders across our undefended border receive excellent healthcare promptly and for free. He has let it be known that with more “flexibility” he will betray American interests for those of our adversaries in Russia.

But perhaps most damaging of all, his regime has treated Bowe Bergdahl as an honorable soldier.

Abortionist Leroy Carhart Botches Another Abortion, Sends Black Woman to Hospital – This is all over the mainstream media, right? 

An African-American patient of the notorious late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart, 72, was transported to the hospital after suffering a medical emergency at Germantown Reproductive Health Services in Germantown, Maryland, on Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

This represents the EIGHTH known medical emergency for which Carhart has been responsible since March, 2012. The recently injured women include Jennifer Morbelli, who died on Feb. 7, 2013.

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A friend asked, “If homosexuality is genetic, then why are there still gay people?”  (He’s on the correct side of the issue and just wanted to confirm his understanding).  My response: 1. It isn’t genetic (twin studies and the like). 2. Even if it was, it would still be a sin.  3. Darwnists tie themselves in knots trying to say why it and abortion fit with their “it’s all about getting your genes passed on” worldview.  They argue for both so strenuously that if the world had no gays or abortions they’d probably be wondering why they didn’t exist!  4. Yes, in theory, a gene would die out.  But of course they’ll claim that social pressures made gays reproduce.  5. I love to point out how the pro-gay/pro-abortion people wouldn’t vote for restrictions on hypothetical gays in the womb, whether genetic or even predispositions to be gay.  I’d be glad to vote for any restrictions on abortion, including that one, because it would save lives and prove the point that all abortions kill human beings.  And of course, it is consistent with my views that we should not be violent against gays — just that we should share the truth with them.

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Your tax dollars at work: Planned Parenthood encouraging 15 yr. old to try S&M, and more

Ironic warning: This video, taken at a Planned Parenthood location, is NSFW (Not Suitable For Work), but according to the Left it is entirely suitable for 15 year old girls to hear and follow this advice.

Here is a summary of some of the advice from the Planned Parenthood counselor.  This is obviously standard operating procedure for them.  Remember that people who kill babies for a living are capable of anything.

  • Encouraged to read 50 Shades of Grey as a how-to book.
  • Encouraged to watch pornography
  • Recommended that she go to a sex-toy store for more advice (illegal in that state for minors to go there)
  • Consider letting boyfriend whip you because he might like it (Uh, where is feminism when you need it?)
  • Treating asphyxiation, bondage, whipping, urination and defecation during sex as options that some people might like
  • Putting a leash on your boyfriend
  • How to hide all these things from your parents
  • Told she is lucky to have a relationship with her boyfriend like this

Videos like this are a great way to expose people who only consume mainstream media to what Planned Parenthood is really about.  Just ask them to watch and share their opinions.  Planned Parenthood tries to pretend that these employees are rogues but there is so much evidence and logic against that lie.  You can then share audio and video of them systematically hiding statutory rape and sex trafficking and see what they think of that.  Here’s a recent example: After Abortion, Planned Parenthood Returns 13 Year-Old To Father Who Sexually Abused Her.

Ask yourself why this isn’t national news and why they get hundreds of millions of dollar in funding each year.  Also ask why Leftist false teachers line up to support Planned Parenthood.

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Friendly reminder: Planned Parenthood kills babies for a living, they systematically hide rape, incest and sex trafficking, they encourage kids to have all sorts of out-of-wedlock sex and pretend that it can be done without risks, they would rather destroy a breast cancer charity than part ways amicably, they commit Medicaid fraud, they teach kids the joys of BDSM, and so much more. Their leaders and abortionists get rich off of death and misery, aided by your taxes. They use some of that money to fund propaganda telling women that if they aren’t willing to kill their children that they can’t be equal in value to men. 

False teacher Jim Wallis milks the Left-manufactured border “crisis”

Leftist policies deliberately caused the massive influx of illegal immigrants, but false teachers like Jim “the Gospel is all about wealth redistribution” Wallis are unrepentant.  They just double down with nonsense like The Moral Failure of Immigration Reform: Are We Really Afraid Of Children?

This is political obstruction of the common good, and it is a moral failure. This week, in a meeting with President Barack Obama, faith leaders asked the President to do everything he can, within his Constitutional authority, to “relieve the suffering” of all the families and children who will continue to be devastated. Let me say this very clearly: Those who have morally failed to fix this broken system must dare not now try to prevent executive orders to protect the people we love, who have become part of “us,” and whom Christ asks us to protect. If Republicans continue to ignore and cause the suffering of all “the strangers” among us, they will have to answer to the faith community.

The moral failure is practically begging people to enter our country illegally so that our neighbors will have to fund them, be victims of their crimes and catch their diseases.

The UCC and other Leftist “churches” continue to decline. It must be the ejector seats.

“At the time of its formation, the UCC [United Church of Christ] had over 2 million members in nearly 7,000 churches. The denomination has suffered a 44 percent loss in membership since the mid-1960s … As of the 2014 Annual Yearbook of the UCC, membership is listed as 979,239 members in 5154 local churches.”

The UCC (Unitarians Counterfeiting Christ, or something like that) ran an “ejector seat” ad years ago implying that Bible-believing churches eject sinners.  Of course, that is ridiculous.  We welcome sinners who want to know and worship God on his terms.  But the UCC and other Leftist “churches” sit in judgement of God because He has clearly said that homosexual sin and murder — which includes abortion — are sins.  He also says that repenting and trusting in Jesus is the only way to salvation, and they hate that message, too.

Their views are virtually indistinguishable from the world’s.  They define “inclusive” as including those who mock God’s word.  So they are growing like crazy, right?  Not at all. Via The Real Reason Liberal Churches Are Losing Members:

To be sure, some church groups will grow because of an “itching ear” message, as the preachers tell the people what they want to hear. This is one of the reasons that Jesus said that the road to destruction is broad (see Matthew 7:13). But over the long haul, there will not likely be sustainable life and growth on a denominational level where compromise is the hallmark.

And there are, it is true, conservative denominations like the Southern Baptist Convention that have seen a decline in membership in recent years, although the reasons for that appear to be varied.

But it is the liberal churches, those which embrace abortion and homosexual practice and which compromise biblical truth and biblical standards, which have experienced the steepest decline in membership. In all likelihood, they also have far lower commitment levels from their people.

The Episcopal Church had a membership of 3.4 million in the mid-1960s; today, that number is slightly over 2 million.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has dropped from a membership of 4.25 million in the mid-1960s to 1.8 million today, a number that is expected to decline rapidly in the coming years.

Yet these are some of the churches which have led the charge on liberal causes like the redefining of marriage.

I thought young people were leaving our churches because we weren’t liberal enough. I thought young people and old people were flocking to these enlightened, progressive churches. Perhaps the reports about why people are leaving the churches are not as accurate as they seem?

Churches can grow or shrink with good or bad doctrine.  But in the case of Leftist churches led by false teachers such as the UCC’s radical pro-LGBTQX, pro-abortion Chuck “Jesus is not the only way but He sure is a bigot” Currie, they have all tended to shrink.

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Please Don’t Say These Six Things at My Funeral – Good list.  I like #1: When I die, don’t say, “He was a good man.”  Don’t wait until I die, say it now, as often and as loudly as you can!  Seriously, don’t say it at all.

Don’t turn my funeral into a celebration of my moral resume. For one thing, I don’t have one. I’m guilty of far more immoral acts than moral ones. Secondly, even if I were the male equivalent of Mother Teresa, don’t eulogize me. Talk about the goodness of the Spirit who calls, gathers, enlightens, sanctifies, and keeps us in the true faith. Talk about our good Father who’s made us all His children in baptism. Talk about the good Husband that Christ is to His bride, the church. Don’t say, “He was a good man,” but “our good God loved this sinful man.”

Side note – I saw a great reply to the “What do you want on your tombstone?” question: Someone else’s name.

Supreme Court Unanimously Rules Pro-Lifers Have Free Speech at Abortion Clinics – Great news, and powerful and surprising that it was unanimous.  It shows just how ridiculous the pro-abortion free speech limitations were.

Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry – This is a fantastic ministry.  Click the link to get access to their Facebook page or go to www.CARM.org .  You’ll get a steady stream of sound articles on lots of important topics.  Examples: Questions for Mormons, The Danger of Universalism, The Elements of Liberalism.

Rep. Gohmert: Obama Wants $67,912 for Every Illegal Alien Minor – Our President is an enemy of the U.S.  Just ship the kids back to their countries for a few thousand dollars each and they flood of illegals will slow down to a trickle.

Pres. Obama is asking Congress for $3.7 billion – $67,912.28 per child – to deal with 57,000 minors illegally entering the U.S., Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) tweeted today.

But, the problem is more than money, Rep. Gohmert tells MRCTV, since Obama’s threats and imperial actions are sending “the message that America has become lawless”:

“His lawlessly announcing his one-man legislation allowing people to come illegally and stay illegally sent the message that America had become lawless and would not be enforcing our own border or laws. Now, demanding money or else he’ll allow even more devastation to our health, education and housing systems should not be condoned nor encouraged.”

.@BarackObama’s $3.7B plan for 57k children illegally x-ing costs ordinary #American #taxpayers $67,912.28 per childhttp://t.co/FmdeqHh6lU

— Louie Gohmert (@replouiegohmert) July 10, 2014

“The United States has been invaded by about twice as many people as invaded France on D-Day,” Rep. Gohmert tells MRCTV.

The Festival Where ‘Christianity’ Is Just Earth Worship – These Leftists masquerading as Christians get more bizarre every year.  In a weird way it is good, because anyone following them is obviously not interested in following the one true God.

Every year, Hot Springs, North Carolina hosts the Wild Goose Festival, a four-day musical and spiritual festival marketed towards Progressive Christians. This year, I made the trip to catalogue the more outrageous presentations, speeches, and goings-on. There was the usual contingent of liberal heroes such as Sojourner’s Jim Wallis, “Moral Mondays” leader Dr. William Barber, and Frank Schaeffer, a self-described “Christian atheist.” There were all the overwrought panels on topics such as “Post Traumatic Church Syndrome” and “First Decolonize Your Mind.” But easily, the most bizarre highlight of the trip was the Carnival de Resistance.

According to a promotional email, the Carnival de Resistance is an “art intervention” experiment determined to “[throw] off the yoke of social niceties, restless sanitation, and religious piety to provide a raucous expression of grief and longing and hope for Creation.” Besides their performances, the Carnival also promised to transform “shape-shifting-trickster-style” into a village touting “energy alternatives and attempt various sustainable practices in regard to food, waste, and transportation.”

Sexual Purity: 16 Things You Need to Know — Good advice from Randy Alcorn

ISLAM & EQUALITY? NOT IF YOU’RE BLACK – One of the many things the mainstream media won’t tell you.

Planned Parenthood Gives Clinic Award for Killing More Babies in Abortions 

“Safe, legal and rare” my ass.  These people are in the baby-killing business, and like most businesses, they reward those who sell the most goods and services. 

50 Fun Free Activities My Family Enjoys – Good tips.

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Hobby Lobby enemies tip their hands at their malice and/or ignorance

For what should be the 1,000th time, Hobby Lobby already paid for 16 types of birth control.  They just don’t want to pay for abortifacients.  If you want us “out of your womb,” then why ask the government to force businesses to pay for your abortions?  And we don’t actually care about being in your womb at all.  We just want to protect any human beings temporarily residing there.

Anyone who doesn’t know that by now is either malicious and/or a truly low-information voter who has little hope of ever being properly informed.

The Democrats who are still fighting Hobby Lobby think their voters are stupid, and they may be right.

Placing free birth control above religious freedom, Democrats in both the Senate and the House on Wednesday announced legislation to “right” the alleged “wrong” done to women by the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby ruling.

“Women across the country and men are outraged by a decision by five Supreme Court justices that all of a sudden says your boss has an opportunity to decide for you what your health care choices are,” Sen. Patty Murray, the bill’s sponsor, told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Wednesday.

“That outrage is being transmitted to everyone, and I think we have a very good chance of rewriting the law so that the justices can’t take away women’s ability to make their own health care choices.”

There is no way those politicians don’t know the truth about how Hobby Lobby isn’t stopping anyone from doing anything.  And they pay well above minimum wage, so if their employees really want to kill their babies they can afford to.

False teachers are actively protesting Hobby Lobby and are turning logic upside down, as usual, and pretending that the Supreme Court decision is somehow limiting religious freedom.  What a sick joke.

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