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Tis’ the Season for the Left’s War on Christmas

October 31, 2014


Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Christ, a fact that drives liberals to distraction. For years now, the left has been chipping away at the religious foundation of Christmas trying to convert the holiday into a politically–correct, religiously-neutered non-event that celebrates nothing more significant than conspicuous consumption. Unfortunately, Christians who understand the real reason for the season have not been as vocal as they might have been in challenging the absurd anti-Christian mentality of liberals who find traditional Christmas celebrations offensive.

Before getting into the left’s war on Christmas, a caveat is in order. The left’s reaction to Christmas reveals much about the character—or lack of character—of liberals. People who find a certain activity offensive have the right to refuse to participate in it. For example, I don’t like yard sales, so I simply do not participate in them. I do not try to outlaw yard sales or tell other people they are not allowed to participate in them. But this tolerant approach is not sufficient for liberals who, by the way, claim to be models of tolerance but in reality are blatantly intolerant. Of course, when liberals talk about tolerance what they mean is they are tolerant of people who agree with them.

Supposedly tolerant liberals believe that if they don’t want to participate in an activity nobody should be allowed to participate in it. Liberals crave control more than anything else and, to a liberal, control means government coercion. In the 1960s, the mantra of liberals was “You do your thing and I’ll do mine.” In 2014 their mantra is “I’ll do my thing and everybody else will too.” They want Christmas to be devoid of religious overtones, not just for them and their families but for everyone.

The left’s war on Christmas got a real shot in the arm with the election of Barack Obama as president. In 2009, the Obama’s decided they would have a “non-religious” Christmas at the White House which, of course, was like saying they would serve sugar-free donuts. What is the point? They planned to forego such Christmas traditions as the Nativity Scene and instead provide the country with its first neutered, non-religious White House Christmas. The Obamas announced they wanted an “inclusive” Christmas, which any Christian or conservative knows is code for a Christmas that does not offend Muslims. However, when a Rasmussen poll showed that 76 percent of Americans were unhappy with Obama’s leftwing dilution of Christmas, the president—ever the politician—relented. Reluctantly and without fanfare, Obama agreed to allow, Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus to take their traditional place in the East Room. Christians won this battle, but the left is determined to win the war.

In addition to filing harassing lawsuits against municipalities that display manger scenes or other traditional Christmas messages, the left now attacks our traditional Christmas slogans. They are trying to coerce retail outlets, card companies, municipalities, and schools into replacing “Merry Christmas” with “Happy Holidays” and Christmas vacation with “Winter Break.” The fundamental problem anti-Christmas liberals face is the term “Christ” in the name of the holiday. It is difficult to deny that Christmas is a celebration of Christ when “Christ” is the root word in the term. Sarah Palin refers to the ACLU and other liberal Scrooges who are trying to outlaw Christmas traditions as “angry atheists armed with attorneys.”

The Obamas lost the Christmas skirmish of 2009 and were forced to reluctantly display a traditional manger scene in the East Room. However, ardent opponents of Christianity don’t easily give up their anti-Christmas prejudice. In a new slap at Christmas, in 2012 the Obamas chose to forego the traditional family Christmas card from the White House, opting instead for a “holiday card” featuring their family dog Bo. This card probably says more about the beliefs of liberals than ten columns on the subject could. Liberals think more of their family dogs than they do of the baby Jesus and America’s Christmas traditions.

This is the time of year when the left’s war on Christmas goes into high gear. This being the case, it is imperative that those of us who know that Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Christ stand up and be counted. Liberals are systematic, organized, and unrelenting in their attacks on Christmas. Christians must be just as committed and determined to protect our traditions and Christ’s birthday. When people say “Happy Holidays,” respond by saying “Merry Christmas.” If a retail outlet replaces Christmas slogans with “Happy Holidays,” shop elsewhere and let it be known why. Challenge anti-Christian liberals on every point, every time, in every case. Do not just sit back and take it as they do everything they can to rob Christmas of its true meaning.



 

American Detained At Border Over Stance On Homosexuality

October 31, 2014
This is getting ridiculous. Now you can be arrested for your opinions. Unreal. Check it out:

An American activist scheduled for trial in Canada this week on charges of “mischief” for providing information about homosexuality has been detained at the border on the way to his court appearance.

Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth, said on his website Tuesday he was stopped while entering the country late Monday. The trial is set to begin Thursday, but now he must show up for another hearing Tuesday in Regina, Saskatchewan, for “further examination” of his “admissibility” into Canada.

He said Calgary Border Services agents confiscated a DVD copy of a new Russian documentary called “Sodom” as potential “hate propaganda” in violation of a Canadian law.

“Despite my two-and-a-half hour detainment in Calgary, agents ordered me to attend another hearing (Tuesday) with immigration officials,” he said. “Nevertheless, Border Services agents told me that I would be able to attend my ‘mischief’ trial in Regina on Thursday and that I am ‘innocent until proven guilty’ under Canadian law.”

LaBarbera said that as an American, “it is remarkable how far official political correctness – enforced and encouraged by sometimes fanatical left-wing activists and abetted by an anti-conservative media – has not only shut down conservative speech in Canada but succeeded in punishing people who run afoul of various liberal ideologies – not limited to pro-homosexualism.”



 

Students Suspended Over Pellet Gun Facebook Photo

October 31, 2014


Parents have slammed school officials for violating “freedom of speech” as two Massachusetts students were suspended for ten days each after uploading a photo of themselves holding pellet guns to Facebook.

The students, aged 16, from Middleborough were pictured holding the Airsoft guns, toy replicas that fire plastic pellets, while wearing formal dress intended for Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School’s homecoming dance.

The picture was taken at one of their homes, not on school grounds or during school hours.

“We wanted something unique and different instead of using flowers like everyone else. We were like, ‘let’s use something we like to do on the weekend as a prop.’” said Tito Velez, one of the students, adding “Here we are, one photo is getting us almost expelled.”

The school superintendent claimed that the action was taken because it caused a “disruption,” after someone reported the Facebook image to school officials.



 

Have Europeans had enough of Islam?

October 30, 2014


Europe is known for its soccer fan clubs who are widely called “soccer hooligans.” These call themselves the GnuHonnters, a take on the English term “new hunters.” Their motto is: “Comrades in spirit. Many colors, but one entity.” It refers to the fact that they support different soccer clubs. Now they are united under the banner “hooligans against [Islamic] Salafists” (HoGeSa) and they are fed up with the Muslim supremacy in Europe so this Sunday they decided to unite forces and demonstrate in Cologne Germany. Clashes soon erupted between police forces and HoGeSa protesters were at least 13 officers were injured, the German news agency DPA reported.

It all started peaceful with multitudes of demonstrators:



Then it escalated quickly and things turned ugly when anti-Hooligans threw objects at the demonstration from their balconies:





Earlier this month, Kurds in Germany clashed with radical Muslims in the northern city of Hamburg and elsewhere in street clashes fueled by the conflict involving the jihadist group Islamic State in northern Iraq and Syria.

Europe is different from the U.S. in which political activism either takes on extremist left wing or ultra conservative right wing forms. The media on the left says that these groups end up uniting with neo-Nazis and fascists while others say that the German media is demonizing the movement with the usual “Nazi” slur.

Despite the ridicule, soccer clubs have held meetings in at least three other cities, Monchengladbach, Hannover and Mannheim, to promote unity in the fight against the Islamification of Germany.

And in Great Britain, a popular movement (the EDL) against Islam is growing consisting largely of young men who demonstrate against Islam. The British media has often claimed that the EDL grew out of the “soccer hooligan” sub-culture. While many who participate in EDL demonstrations are right-wingers, it is otherwise apolitical. EDL encourages a wide spectrum of British citizens to become active in the singular cause of halting Islamic immigration and the Islamification of British cities.

And in Italy this October, thousands of Italians gathered in Milan to demonstrate against Islamic Supremacy:



Fighting against Muslim supremacy has become a European-wide phenomenon, something Shoebat.com (and other internet miscreants including newsmanity.com who admits here and now to shamelessly pilfering this very article from Shoebat) had predicted long ago and it will grow with the growth of Islamism. Eventually life for Islamists in Europe will become uncomfortable which plays into the liberal media’s arguments falsely painting conservatives on equal par with Islamists.

But despite the media ridicule, in Western Europe, jointly organized protests against “Islamic supremacy” constitute the main focus of European party political activities. The alliance “Cities against Islamization” is an example of transnational cooperation comprising initiatives from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, the Netherlands, and England.

In Germany, “Hooligans gegen Salafisten” appears to be a growing broad spectrum anti-Islamification movement.

Hooligan culture is on the rise again in Germany. Fan commissioners from Aachen, Braunschweig, Dortmund, Düsseldorf and Frankfurt report that hooligans who were active as long ago as the 1990s are once again rising and are on the increase in what the media portrays as “right-wing motivated behavior”.



On Twitter, users tweeting under the #hogesa tag have written, “This movement must never rest until we are finally in charge of our own country again.” One woman wrote, “Germany is finally waking up,” while another tweet included a German flag bearing the words, “We don’t want a [Muslim] theocracy.”

Rainer Wendt, chair of the German Police Union, claims that the hooligan groups and the right-wing scene more generally are merely exploiting the topic of Salafism in Germany in order to mobilize their sympathizers and attract new supporters. Wendt adds that such groups’ frequent assertion that the German state is failing in its fight against Islamists is “nonsense,” saying, “What these people don’t accept is that we’re using legal means to address the matter rather than crowbars.”

But the masses are not satisfied.



The GnuHonnters network was founded on a farm in the town of Leichlingen, in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Back then, at the beginning of 2012, the meeting was made up almost exclusively of old-time hooligans with paunches. Members of the Borussenfront, a group of hooligans associated with the Borussia Dortmund club, sent out the invitations, and it was the perfect chance to drink beer and reminisce over battles past.

From meeting to meeting, the number of people in attendance grew, with many more younger hooligans, martial artists and youth squads. They met sometimes in Frankfurt, sometimes in Berlin, and never in the same place twice.

Europe is in turmoil and as we can see, eventually the people get tired of Islamic supremacy and take action.

Please donate for Rescue Christians who suffer under the yoke of Islamic supremacy.

They even have a song Hooligans gegen Salafisten (Hooligans Against [Muslim] Salafists) and one can decipher “Muhammad” “Caliphate” “Sharia” “Taliban” and “Muslim” and you get the picture. What Europeans are saying is that “we had enough”:



TRANSLATION OF THE SONG (and we find nothing “Nazi” in the lyrics)

The shadow world of the FRG Federal Republic of Germany
is ruled by Allah’s bearded men
Sharia-police and honour killing
nobody stops the madness
no word in the media
When you keep ignoring it
When the knife is at the neck
Then you understand

Islam wants no peace
but God’s slavery
a whole life
you wont’ be free anymore

Refrain:

Hooligans vs Salafists
we don’t want a theocracy
Hooligans vs Salafists
or Germany becomes a mass grave
Hooligans vs Salafists
we don’t want a theocracy
Hooligans vs Salafists
Only together
togther we are strong
Together
Together

Today they slaughter 
sheep and cattle
tomorrow maybe christian children
In the Caliphate you can already see it
Then we will perish
If you do not follow Mohammed’s orders
you will have a knife at your neck
Whether man wether woman
wheter young wether old
And if there is any objection
then crucifixion is imminent 

Refrain

If you believe in the wrong god
You can loose your head easily
Muslims can’t take a joke
the mummed/veiled/covered hate rules them
Boko Haram and Taliban
your terror sucks
Salfist and ISIS-idiots
you all should be forbidden

Refrain
 

Nashville Police Refuse to Assist Secret Service Illegal Search of Obama Critic

October 30, 2014


It’s rare to receive a 911 call from the Secret Service, but that’s exactly what happened in January 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee, according to a new letter to the House Oversight Committee.

The Secret Service agents had gone to a Nashville resident’s home to investigate Facebook comments the Tennessean had made against the President.

Unsurprisingly, the Obama critic — who hadn’t violated any laws — wasn’t willing to come out of his home and be investigated by the federal government.

“He shoved the door in our face and went around the corner,” the Secret Service agent told the 911 operator. “Possibly, he had a gun in his hands.”

Of course, slamming a door in someone’s face isn’t against the law, and neither is having a weapon. The man, who’s a law-abiding gun owner, made no threats. He only demanded to see their warrant.

They didn’t bother to get one, but that inconvenient fact didn’t stop them. One of the agents asked the Nashville police sergeant to “wave a piece of paper” in order to fool the resident into believing they actually had obtained a warrant.



So, let’s recount this, shall we?

The Tennessean criticized the President in a non-threatening way… as is his First Amendment Constitutional right. The Tennessean had a gun to defend his home… as is his Second Amendment Constitutional right. The Tennessean asked to see a warrant… as is his Fourth Amendment Constitutional right.

None of these rights were respected by the Secret Service agents.

But you gotta love the Nashville Police.

Chief Steve Anderson wrote a letter to the former Nashville Secret Service Director Julia Pierson and Assistant Director A.T. Smith detailing these abuses. “I think you can see that had the MNPD officers complied with the directive from the Secret Service agents,” he wrote, “There was likelihood for this event to have escalated into a serious and/or embarrassing situation for both of our agencies.”

He never heard back from Pierson, but Smith responded with a “condescending and dismissive” tone. When Anderson went to their office to discuss whether they thought it was right to wave around a piece of paper to pretend they had a warrant, the Secret Service agent allegedly answered, “I don’t know. I’m not a lawyer.”

It’s good to see local authorities standing up to a corrupt, bloated federal government hell-bent on taking away our individual rights. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tennessee, one of the committee members who received the letter, thinks this is an outrage.

“There’s already a lot of fodder to attack the Secret Service with, and this will be more,” he said, before saying that the Secret Service’s tactics were grievous Constitutional violations.

Here’s the best part of the story. The Chief Anderson says that his officers are no longer allowed to work with the Secret Service unless they get a directive from the top.

Why? He wants to make sure his officers aren’t asked to engage in questionable and possibly unconstitutional activities.

Kudos to the Nashville police for standing up to a bloated, corrupt federal government and saying, simply, “no more.”
 

IRS Closes This Grandma’s Bank Account and Seized $33,000 From Her — Wait Until You Hear Her ‘Crime’

October 30, 2014
The IRS closed her bank account and seized nearly $33,000 of her money — but wait until you hear what her “crime” was.

Grandmother and small business owner Carole Hinders said the seizure happened one day in May 2013, and it took her completely by surprise because the money seized was the fruit of her honest labor.

“How can I be committing a crime by depositing money that I worked for, and deposited in my own bank account?” Hinders asked. “In 30 years of banking with the same bank, no one ever mentioned that I was making my deposits wrong.”

It all relates to what the IRS calls “structuring,” when someone makes withdrawals or deposits strategically under the amount of $10,000 to avoid having their bank file a currency transaction report with the Feds.

But in cases like Hinders’, small business owners aren’t “structuring” to avoid paperwork or get away with illicit uses of money — they just make frequent deposits under $10,000 because their businesses aren’t bringing in more money.



“The government is treating Carole like a criminal, just for running an honest cash business,” said Larry Salzman with the Institute for Justice.

Earlier this month, TheBlaze TV’s “For the Record” took a hard look at how thousands of people, especially small business owners, have been victims of forfeiture — and how they’re fighting back.



As the troubling issue comes to the public’s attention, the IRS has indicated it could back down: On Saturday, the IRS said it would ease off on seizures, focusing on cases in which money is believed to have been illegally acquired or in which “exceptional circumstances” warrant a seizure.

As for Hinders, she’s still fighting the determination and to unfreeze her money.



 

U.S. WELFARE PAYS FOR 4 'WIVES' PER HUSBAND

October 29, 2014


While polygamy is illegal in the United States, our government doesn’t seem all that concerned about Muslims in Michigan claiming welfare for their multiple wives. Yup, that’s right. They are completely fine with them taking American taxpayers dollars (your money) while breaking the law. Check it out:



 

‘Swarms of Cooperative, Autonomous’ Robots To Hit Battlefields

October 29, 2014


Swarms of highly intelligent militarized robots are predicted to hit the battlefield in the near future and could spark a modern day arms race, according to a report released Monday by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).

Teams of interconnected robots will change the way America and other countries fight their wars, providing them with more range and the ability to conduct “suicidal missions” without risk to living humans, according to the report, entitled, “Robotics on the Battlefield Part II: The Coming Swarm.”

The study predicts that in the very near future, advances in technology will allow “swarms of robotic systems” to effect “dramatic, disruptive change to military operations”—and that the United States must significantly step up its focus on these technologies or risk losing its status as the world’s preeminent fighting force.

“Swarms of robotic systems can bring greater mass, coordination, intelligence, and speed to the battlefield, enhancing the ability of warfighters to gain a decisive advantage over their adversaries,” the report states.



While the United States and other major powers have made great advances in unmanned technologies—such as drones and other remotely piloted devices—the report predicts that global militaries will soon enter a race to perfect the tactic known as “swarming,” in which droves of militarized robots act together on the battlefield.

“Many of the game-changing innovations that enable swarming … will be widely available to a range of actors,” the reports states.

However, severe U.S. defense budget cuts known as sequestration threaten to stymie America’s investment into these critical new technologies and could leave the country vulnerable to enemies, according to the report.

“Today the U.S. military faces a pernicious cycle of ever rising platform costs and shrinking quantities,” it states. “As a result, the number of combat ships and aircraft in the U.S. inventory has steadily declined, even during periods of significant growth in defense spending.”

“Today’s acute fiscal pressures only exacerbate these trends, forcing a crisis not only in military modernization and readiness, but also in the ability to field sufficient quantities to be relevant in future fights,” the report warns.
 

Outrageous Method FBI Used to Catch Suspect: ‘Not Only Does It Cross a Line, It Erases It’

October 29, 2014


The Seattle Times reacted Monday night to a report revealing that the FBI used a phony webpage aimed at resembling the news outlet’s website to plant software on the computer of an individual they suspected of making bomb threats to a school in 2007.

“We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,” Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best said in a statement.

“Not only does that cross a line, it erases it,” she continued.

“Our reputation and our ability to do our job as a government watchdog are based on trust. Nothing is more fundamental to that trust than our independence — from law enforcement, from government, from corporations and from all other special interests,” Best added. “The FBI’s actions, taken without our knowledge, traded on our reputation and put it at peril.”

The Electronic Frontier Foundation obtained documents revealing the FBI created a phony webpage with an Associated Press byline and “in the style of The Seattle Times” to lure an individual suspected of making bomb threats in 2007 to Lacey’s Timberline High School. Agents then planted software on his computer and tracked his location.

Christopher Soghoian, the principal technologist for the American Civil Liberties Union, told the Times the actions were “outrageous” and noted such actions could result in “significant collateral damage to the public trust” if law enforcement continues to mimic media outlets in sting operations.

The FBI, however, defended the actions their agents took.

“Every effort we made in this investigation had the goal of preventing a tragic event like what happened at Marysville and Seattle Pacific University,”Frank Montoya Jr., chief of the FBI in Seattle, told the Times. “We identified a specific subject of an investigation and used a technique that we deemed would be effective in preventing a possible act of violence in a school setting.

“Use of that type of technique happens in very rare circumstances and only when there is sufficient reason to believe it could be successful in resolving a threat,” he added.
 

THE CRIMINALIZATION OF CHRISTIANITY IS HERE

October 28, 2014
WND commentary excerpt



Kahnh Huynh knows something about living in a society devoid of freedom of religion, speech and association.

He was one of millions in Communist Vietnam who fled the police state in rickety boats, got sent to re-education prison camps for the Christian faith or political views or was killed for opposing totalitarianism.

In Kahnh’s case, he risked his life for a chance he and his children could live free in America.

“We could not express our freedom of religion and belief,” he said. “We paid … to come to our country (the U.S.), that recognizes human rights of speech and religion.”

Today, Kahnh is a U.S. citizen and Christian pastor whose sermons and communications about homosexuality are being subpoenaed by the lesbian mayor of Houston under the city’s “non-discrimination” law Mayor Annise Parker says was all about her.

The measure, among other things, creates a special class of citizens for “gender-confused” people to use public restrooms designated for the opposite sex.

Parker is using the ordinance to intimidate those who oppose the law and specifically pastors who gathered signatures to repeal it.

They said it couldn’t happen here.

But it is clearly happening today.

In the only nation founded upon a Christian creed, a country established “to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind,” governments are openly, unabashedly and unashamedly harassing citizens teaching and espousing their Christian faith.

In a land founded on the principle of these “self-evident” truths – “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” that being the very purpose of the institution of government, elected and appointed officials are intimidating and, yes, persecuting those simply practicing their spiritual beliefs and convictions in the course of their lives.

It’s not just happening in Houston.

The criminalization of Christianity in “the land of the free” is here.

While the egregious Houston case is getting nationwide attention among religious freedom activists, the Big Media, which operate under the same First Amendment protections established guard the free exercise of religion, remain virtually silent on the new wave of persecution and harassment.

Even more disturbing is the reaction of the institutional church, which is behaving more like the kind of state-approved bodies so familiar in totalitarian regimes in China, Vietnam and Cuba today and Adolf Hitler’s Germany in another era.

This is how it begins.

Remember what pastor Martin Niemöller said about the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis’ rise to power?

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Socialist.

“Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a trade unionist.

“Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew.

“Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.”

It’s time to speak up.

It’s time to rise up.

It’s time to prevent history from repeating itself in a nation turning against the very principles and precepts upon which it is founded, including “a decent respect for the opinions of mankind.”

It’s time to say, “Never again.” And to mean it.
 








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