Are Barack Obama’s Actions True Crime? Congress seeks answers

Are Barack Obama’s Actions True Crime? Congress seeks answers

Congress finally takes up ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’

keyArticle II, Section 4 of the Constitution reads, “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other High crimes and Misdemeanors.”


1st step taken in defining reason for impeachment

Greg Corombos

3-branches-govtSaying he and his constituents are tired of presidents violating the Constitution to achieve their political goals, a Florida congressman is bringing forth legislation to define “high crimes and misdemeanors” and what actions ought to trigger impeachment proceedings against a president.

“Every time we go back to the district and even before I ran, crimepeople said, ‘The three branches of government are out of balance. When is Congress going to stand up and have some accountability and rein in the power of the executive branch?’” said Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla.

The congressman said the thirst for power in the executive branch is a longstanding problem that’s only getting worse.

“The executive branch has been growing stronger and stronger over the past two or three decades, but this administration with President Obama seems to be on steroids,” said Yoho, who argued that enough is enough.

ObamaWreckingBall2“I think the last straw was on Nov. 20 with the executive order on amnesty overreach of the president,” Yoho said. “Over 30 times in a six-year period of time, he said he did not have the authority to change the law on immigration, yet he went ahead and did.”

Federal District Court Judge John Hanen placed an injunction on the Obama orders and recently shot down an Obama administration attempt to activate the program while its constitutionality is sorted out elsewhere in the federal system.

Yoho said immigration is just one issue where the executive branch is aggressively challenging its constitutional limits.
“Pretty much every week we’re up here, we hear one of the legislators or the news talk about the constitutional crisis we’re facing,” he said. “It’s in so many different areas, whether it’s religious freedoms or redefining marriage or trampling on states’ rights.

“At some point, we’ve got to draw that line that says from this point forward, all presidents – I don’t care if they’re Republican, Democrat, from the planet Mars – they’re going to be held to the confines of the Constitution,” he said.
Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution reads, “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other High crimes and Misdemeanors.”

impeach4constYoho is now seeking to define high crimes and misdemeanors. His legislation would include “failing to take care that the laws be faithfully executed through signing statements or systematic policies of non-enforcement.” Another would be “substituting executive agreements for treaties.”

In addition, Yoho’s bill would also target presidents who start military action without receiving authorization from Congress, violate appropriations laws to force money toward their political priorities or defy congressional subpoenas for documents or testimony.

Yoho insists this is not designed to kickstart impeachment proceedings against President Obama, but he admitted Obama’s actions are in many ways the inspiration for this.

“If we had a chief executive that would faithfully execute the laws … this wouldn’t be an issue, and we could get on with America’s business,” Yoho said. “But when you have to play like a babysitter and say, ‘No you can’t do that’ over and over and over again, the American people are tired of it.”

He added, “The beauty of this is that this is not attacking this president. It’s attacking this president and all future presidents.”

Much like how teams enter a sporting event by acknowledging the rules that guide the game, Yoho said it’s time for all political players to recognize and obey the Constitution as the rule book for our government.

“Unlike football, which is a game, you’re talking about the United States of America and preserving our Constitution so that we don’t have to talk about a constitutional crisis in the future,” he said.

signers3Non-partisan critics may be quick to point out that America’s founders deliberately left “high crimes and misdemeanors” vague so as not to dictate to all future leaders what constitutes an impeachable offense.

“The founders actually did make it very vague [rather than saying] it’s based on incompetence or it’s based on ignorance; they started to play around with that, but what they found is those are very loosely defined. So they allowed Congresses to go ahead and define those in the future,” Yoho said.

And that’s what the congressman believes his bill does now. He believes support for his plan ought to be unanimous.

demdonkey“There’s no reason for any representative of the American people, I don’t care what state or what party, Democrat or Republican, should shy away from this,” he said. “This holds all presidents accountable.”

Yoho said this warning also applies to any future Republican president who seeks to undo unpopular or unconstitutional actions of Obama through illegitimate means.

“If we got a Republican president in 2016 and they didn’t want to enforce parts of Obamacare … and they wave their pen and their phone and say, ‘Nope, we’re not going to do that.’ We have got to hold them accountable,” Yoho said.

In addition to Obama’s unilateral action on immigration, Yoho is very concerned about the president’s attempts to go it alone on a nuclear deal with Iran.

ImmigrationlawGOPEndPIX“Many of the legislators feel (his bill) is needed to resist an executive encroachment on their authority,” Yoho said. “I think what you’re seeing is a natural reaction to the president’s overreach in many areas and a desire for the Senate to re-assert its traditional and constitutional role.”

Yoho stressed once again that the legislation should not make any president nervous but that it gives them a clear guide as to which actions will not be tolerated.

“This is not about impeaching,” he said. “This is about following the rule of law. This is a notice that says, ‘From this point forward, there will be no impeachment as long as you stay within these parameters.”



Jesus Culture Survey: Faith in Jesus Christ still Lives

Barna Research Group surveys Jesus Culture: Faith in Jesus Christ is not dead, but the youth are wavering

Barna probes: Does America really know Jesus?

Michael F. Haverluck

keyWith 317 million people in America, Kinnaman finds it encouraging to know that nearly half proclaim to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.


bible-cross-flagWith Bible-themed movies and programs hitting the big screen and flat screen in unprecedented numbers over the past few years, one Christian research company set to find out what Americans really believe about Jesus Christ.

Acknowledging the uptick in America’s interest in the Bible and the Christian faith, the Barna Group discovered a number of clear indications to take America’s true spiritual temperature — outside of the box office and Nielsen Ratings.

“On Sunday, March 29, National Geographic Channel premiered its adaptation of Bill O’Reilly’s book Killing Jesus to 3.7 million viewers — the channel’s biggest audience in history,” Barna reports. “CNN’s Finding Jesus miniseries has also sustained impressive viewership. Google searches of Jesus Christ climbed by 53 percent in the week leading up to Easter.”

Central to Barna’s latest research, the Ventura, California-based Christian organization set out to find five popular perceptions Americans have about Jesus.

Is Jesus a real person?

JesusinfieldBarna’s first observation asserts that “the vast majority of Americans believe Jesus was a real person.”

“Jesus Christ has made a cameo in hundreds of pop culture places, from The Da Vinci Code to South Park,” researchers attest. “But, although the character of Jesus has certainly been fictionalized, satirized and mythologized over the centuries, the vast majority of Americans still maintain that he was a historical figure.”

And they have the numbers to prove it.

“More than nine out of 10 adults say Jesus Christ was a real person who actually lived (92 percent),” Barna continues. “While the percentages dip slightly among younger generations — only 87 percent of Millennials (born between 1984 and 2002) agree Jesus actually lived — Americans are still very likely to believe the man, Jesus Christ, once walked the earth.”

Due to the increasing secular influences in America at all levels, Barna found that the older the generation, the more people believe in the historical account of Jesus as a man who walked on earth. Here’s the breakdown: Elders (born in 1945 or before) ─ 96 percent; Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) ─ 95 percent; and Gen-Xers (born between 1965 and 1983) ─ 91 percent.

Is Jesus God?

Barna also found that “younger generations are increasingly less likely to believe Jesus was God.”

“The historicity of Jesus may not be in question for most Americans, but people are much less confident in the divinity of Jesus,” Barna asserts. “Most adults — not quite six in 10 — believe Jesus was God (56 percent), while about one-quarter say he was only a religious or spiritual leader like Mohammed or the Buddha (26 percent). The remaining one in six say they aren’t sure whether Jesus was divine (18 percent).”

Breaking it down by age group, Barna shows a familiar pattern.

“Millennials are the only generation among whom fewer than half believe Jesus was God (48 percent),” researchers found. “About one-third of young adults (35 percent) say instead that Jesus was merely a religious or spiritual leader, while 17 percent aren’t sure what he was. In each older generation, the belief in Jesus as divine is more common — 55 percent of Gen-Xers, 58 percent of Boomers, and nearly two-thirds of Elders (62 percent) believe Jesus was God.”

A sinless Jesus?

Temptation of Christ by Carl Bloch

Temptation of Christ by Carl Bloch

Extrapolating on Jesus’ divine nature, Barna asked participants nationwide whether they believe he was perfect in the eyes of God. Results show that Americans are split when it comes to whether they believe Jesus was a sinless man.

“Perhaps reflective of their questions about Jesus’ divinity, Americans are conflicted on whether Jesus committed sins during his earthly life,” the report points out. “About half of Americans agree, either strongly or somewhat, that while he lived on earth, Jesus Christ was human and committed sins like other people (52 percent). Just less than half disagree, either strongly or somewhat, that Jesus committed sins while on earth (46 percent), and two percent aren’t sure.”

True to form, the youngest sector of American adults is the most skeptical about Jesus’ sinless life.

“Similar to other trends in perceptions of Jesus, Millennials are more likely to believe Jesus committed sins while he was on earth — 56 percent of Millennials believe so,” the results indicate. “Gen-Xers, Boomers and Elders are all similar to the national average when it comes to beliefs about Jesus’ fallibility — they are almost evenly split on whether Jesus sinned while he lived on earth.”

Crunching the numbers further, a lower 49 percent of Gen-Xers believe Jesus sinned, compared to 52 percent of Boomers and 52 percent of Elders.

Committed to Christ?

Jesus-calling-the-fishermenWhen it comes to trusting in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, most Americans proclaim that they have made a personal commitment to him.

“On the whole, America is still committed to Jesus,” Barna attests. “The act of making a personal commitment to Jesus — often seen as the ‘first step’ in becoming a Christian — is a step that more than six in 10 Americans say they have taken and, moreover, that commitment is still important in their life today.”

Barna found that more groups are likely to commit to Christ than others.

“Women, for example, are more likely than men to have made a personal commitment to Jesus (68 percent compared to 56 percent, respectively),” the researcher divulged. “White Americans are the least likely ethnic group to have committed to Jesus: only six in 10 white Americans report having done so (60 percent), compared to eight in 10 black Americans (80 percent) and nearly two-thirds of all non-white Americans (65 percent).”

The research also shows the truth behind the Bible verse 1 Timothy 6:10, which says, “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.”

“The more money people make, the less likely they are to have committed to Jesus,” Barna explained. “Those making more than $100K per year are significantly less likely (53 percent) to have made such a commitment than those making between $50K and $100K (63 percent) or those making less than $50K (65 percent).

And just as more money is an indicator of less faith, fewer years signifies less of a commitment to Christ.

“And, of course, Millennials are much less likely than any other group to have made a personal commitment to Jesus that is still important in their life today,” the researchers argue. “Fewer than half of Millennials say they have made such a commitment (46 percent), compared to six in 10 Gen-Xers (59 percent), two-thirds of Boomers (65 percent) and seven in 10 Elders (71 percent).”

Faith or good works?

The fifth and final indicator to gauge Americans’ take on Jesus Christ focused on their beliefs about what is required to join him in eternity.

lightofchrist“People are conflicted between ‘Jesus’ and ‘Good Deeds’ as the way to heaven,” the research points out. “Among adults who have made a personal commitment to Jesus, most also believe that Jesus is the way to heaven.”

The majority of Americans believe that Jesus is the only way.

“When given several beliefs about the afterlife to choose from, nearly two-thirds of those who have made a personal commitment to Jesus say they believe that after they die they will go to heaven because they have confessed their sins and accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior (63 percent),” Barna divulged.

jesusforgivemed“Only two percent of adults who report a personal commitment to Jesus say they will not go to heaven. About one in seven admit they don’t know what will happen after they die (15 percent).”

However, only about 40 percent of Americans have repented of their sins and asked Jesus to be their Lord and Savior as born-again Christians. Here’s what Barna found when broken down by age groups.

“Millennials are less likely to believe that Jesus is the path to heaven than are other generations,” Barna stated. “Among Millennials who have made a personal commitment to Jesus, only 56 percent say they believe they will go to heaven because they have confessed their sins and accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. This percentage climbs to two-thirds of Gen-Xers (64 percent), six in 10 Boomers (62 percent) and nearly seven in 10 among Elders (68 percent).”

Paying little heed to the Apostle Paul’s exhortation that one is saved by faith in Christ and not by good works, many Americans still believe that being a good person or doing good deeds earns one’s way to heaven.

“Many adults believe, however, that they will go to heaven as a result of their good works,” Barna found. “Broadly speaking, this is the most common perception among Americans who have never made a commitment to Jesus — and it is also quite common among self-identified Christians. In this category, people believe they will go to heaven because they have tried to obey the Ten Commandments (5 percent), as a result of being basically a good person (8 percent), or on the grounds that God loves all people and will not let them perish (7 percent).”

bible-cross2A look at the results

Barna Group president David Kinnaman says his findings indicate that America is not as post-Christian as the media, entertainment industry, and education system proclaim.

“There isn’t much argument about whether Jesus Christ actually was a historical person, but nearly everything else about his life generates enormous, and sometimes rancorous, debate,” Kinnaman contends. “[These findings, however,] demonstrate the strong degree to which Jesus remains embedded in the minds of Americans.”

With 317 million people in America, Kinnaman finds it encouraging to know that nearly half proclaim to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

“This study also shows the extent of Christian commitment in the nation — more than 150 million Americans say they have professed faith in Christ,” Kinnaman continues. “This impressive number begs the question of how well this commitment is expressed. As much of our previous research shows, Americans’ dedication to Jesus is, in most cases, a mile wide and an inch deep.”

YouthGoodbyeDespite the relatively high number of Americans proclaiming to believe in Jesus Christ, Kinnaman is concerned that America’s youngest generation of adults is increasingly finding other places to put their hope and faith.

“Many of the institutional, cultural and familial tendons that connect young adults to life in Christ are stretching,” Kinnaman concludes. “Much has been made about whether Millennials will get more serious about church and faith as they age, but the fact is younger Americans are not as connected as older generations are to Christ.

Jesus is a friend of sinners, but many Millennials are ‘unfriending’ him at a time when their lives are being shaped and their trajectories set toward the future.”

YouTube Music: Classic Prokofiev

Dinner Topics for Friday


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From Wikipedia

Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev (pron.: /prəˈkɒfiɛv/; Russian: Сергей Сергеевич Прокофьев; 23 April 1891 – 5 March 1953) was a Russian composer, pianist and conductor who mastered numerous musical genres and is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century. His best-known works are the five piano concertos, nine completed piano sonatas and seven symphonies. Besides many other works, Prokofiev also composed family favourites, such as the March from The Love for Three Oranges, the suite Lieutenant Kijé, the ballet Romeo and Juliet – from which “Dance of the Knights” is taken – and Peter and the Wolf.

A graduate of the St Petersburg Conservatory, Prokofiev initially made his name as an iconoclastic composer-pianist, achieving notoriety with a series of ferociously dissonant and virtuosic works for his instrument and his first two piano concertos. Prokofiev’s first major success breaking out of the composer-pianist mould was with his purely orchestral Scythian Suite, compiled from music originally composed for a ballet commissioned by Sergei Diaghilev of the Ballets Russes; Diaghilev commissioned three further ballets from Prokofiev – Chout, Le pas d’acier and The Prodigal Son – which at the time of their original production were all highly successful. Prokofiev’s greatest interest, however, was opera, and he composed several works in that genre, including The Gambler and The Fiery Angel. Prokofiev’s one relative success in that genre during his lifetime was The Love for Three Oranges, composed for Chicago and subsequently performed over the following decade in Europe and Russia.

After the Revolution, Prokofiev left Russia with the official blessing of the Soviet minister Anatoly Lunacharsky, and he lived in the United States, then Germany, then Paris, during which time he married a Spanish singer, Carolina Codina, with whom he had two sons. Because of the increasing economic deprivation of Europe, Prokofiev returned to Russia in 1936. He enjoyed some success there – notably with Lieutenant Kijé, Peter and the Wolf, Romeo and Juliet, and perhaps above all with Alexander Nevsky. The Nazi invasion of the USSR spurred him to compose his most ambitious work, an operatic version of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. In 1948 Prokofiev was criticized for “anti-democratic formalism“, and with his income severely curtailed was forced to compose Stalinist works such as On Guard for Peace. However, he also enjoyed personal and artistic support from a new generation of Russian performers, notably Sviatoslav Richter and Mstislav Rostropovich and for the latter he composed his Symphony-Concerto.

Childhood compositions

Prokofiev was born in 1891[1] in Sontsovka (now Krasne in the Donetsk Oblast province of eastern Ukraine), an isolated rural estate in the Yekaterinoslav Governorate of the Russian Empire. His father, originally from Moscow, was an agricultural engineer, while his mother was described by Reinhold Glière as: “a tall woman with magnificent, intelligent eyes … who knew how to create around herself a warm, natural atmosphere.” Having lost two daughters she devoted her life to music and spent two months a year in Moscow or St. Petersburg taking piano lessons.[2] Sergei Prokofiev was inspired by hearing his mother practising the piano in the evenings – mostly works by Chopin and Beethoven – and composed his first piano composition at the age of five, an ‘Indian Gallop’, which was written down by his mother: this was in the Lydian mode (a major scale with a raised 4th scale degree) as the young Prokofiev felt ‘reluctance to tackle the black notes’.[3] By seven, he had also learned to play chess.[4] Much like music, chess would remain a passion, and he became acquainted with world chess champions José Raúl Capablanca, whom he beat in a simultaneous exhibition match in 1914, and Mikhail Botvinnik.[5] At the age of nine he was composing his first opera, The Giant,[6] as well as an overture and various other pieces.

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Clear History: World News on Liberal Method to gain Government Control

Clear History: World News on Liberal Method to gain Government Control

Newspaper Clipping from Oct 13, 1975.

Here is an old C.G. newspaper clipping a mother saved in her Bible. She had been a school teacher and believed prophecy, so she always kept up on issues, long before most ever thought of them here.


Political Repair: Undo Barack Obama Actions; Undo Common Core

Dinner Topics for Thursday

Political Repair: Undo Barack Obama Actions; Undo Common Core

1. Ted Cruz: My First Act As President Will Be……

Undo Barack Obama Unconstitutional Executive Actions

Well it sounds good….
Check it out:

TedCruzSen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tells Breitbart News that if he’s elected President, one of his first actions will be to undo all of President Barack Obama’s unconstitutional executive orders.

“Absolutely,” Cruz replied when asked if one of the first things he would do if elected would be to undo all of Obama’s unconstitutional executive orders in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News in Houston.

The next 20 months are going to be very dangerous because President Obama, unfortunately, seems to have decided to disregard the United States Congress and disregard the American people and instead is trying to force through as much of his extreme agenda as possible via unilateral executive action—and I think we’re going to see that only accelerate through the end of 2016 with more and more unconstitutional executive orders, more regulatory abuse and more and more efforts to go to the United Nations and foreign war tribunals in an effort to end run Congress.



2. Parents taught how to get kids out of Common Core

Teaching standards called ‘threat to personal liberty’

Bob Unruh

Note this example (below) of a Common Core math problem: Total Nonsense


Common-Core-MathThe Common Core school standards imposed on teachers by Washington bureaucrats have been rejected by multiple states, targeted by lawsuits and criticized as more indoctrination than education.

Now parents are being given a turn to take a whack at the one-size-fits-all program that relegates George Washington to a half a sentence and compares the Declaration of Independence to a high-school romance breakup letter.

The Michigan-based Thomas More Law Center is urging parents to opt their children out of the restrictive regulations and requirements, providing forms to make the process easier.

“The opt-out form is based on the constitutionally recognized fundamental right of parents to direct the education of their children and on federal statutes which were designed to protect student privacy,” said Richard Thompson, the chief counsel for the organization.

“Our Founding Fathers recognized the dangers to our freedoms posed by centralized control over public education. However, today, all but a handful of state governments, enticed by millions of dollars in federal grants, are voluntarily inviting the federal government to take control of our public schools, imposing untested educational standards and obtaining personal information on children and their parents which would make any totalitarian government blush with envy,” he continued.

Say-No-To-Common-Core-Pins“We must ever keep in mind, ‘The philosophy of the classroom in one generation will become the philosophy of the government in the next.’ Clearly, Common Core is a threat to individual privacy and liberty, and to our constitutional republic,” he said.

His group has posted online a sample form to help parents meet the requirements of Michigan state law, where Thomas More is located. The group suggests it can be used as a template by attorneys preparing similar forms in other states.

The form, above a line for a parent’s signature, states “in accordance with the fundamental constitutional rights of parents and legal guardians to determine and direct the care, teaching and education of their children, and the relevant state and federal statutes, I hereby request my child … be exempted and excused for the school year … from the following check marked activities.”

There are options to exempt a student from “any and all standardized testing or activities required by law, under which individual student data are collected and/or shared with the federal government or other entities outside of the local school district; or are used for the purposes of school, student, or teacher accountability, including but not by way of limitation to, academic, achievement and annual tests, state-wide performance assessments and Common Core State Standards aligned assessments and pilots, computer adaptive testing and assessments designed by Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).”

There’s also an exemption from “tests, assessments, or surveys not limited solely to proficiency in core academic subjects.”

Other checkbox options include tests that measure “values, attitudes or beliefs” as well as “any survey, analysis, or evaluation that reveals information concerning my child, myself or other members of my family.”

Such information could relate to “political affiliations or beliefs,” “mental or psychological problems,” “sex behavior or attitudes,” “legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians, and ministers,” “religious practices” or “income.”

It forbids: “The collection, tracking, housing, reporting, selling, or sharing with any party outside of the local school district, of non-educational related information on my child or my family, including, but not limited to: religion, political affiliations, biometric data, psychometric data, and medical information. Biometric data includes fingerprints, retina and iris (eye) patterns, voiceprint, DNA sequence, facial characteristics, handwriting, and any other unique physical identifying traits. Psychometric data includes, but is not limited to: personality traits, attitudes, abilities, aptitude, social and emotional development, tendencies, inclinations, interests, and motivations. ”

See the form.

Thomas More noted the flood of criticism against the federal administrative program.

Common-core-protestFLFor example, the Cardinal Newman Society, an organization promoting “faithful Catholic education,” said Common Core is “nothing short of a revolution in how education is provided, relying on a technocratic, top-down approach to setting national standards that, despite claims to the contrary, will drive curricula, teaching texts, and the content of standardized tests.”

“At its heart, the Common Core is a woefully inadequate set of standards in that it limits the understanding of education to a utilitarian ‘readiness for work’ mentality,” the Cardinal Newman Society said.

The standards were created under the sponsorship of the National Governors Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

While the stated goal is to make educational standards consistent across the nation, problems include political and “inappropriate assignments,” links to for-profit corporations, advertising inside of tests and the elimination of input from local school boards.

A major concern is the development of a database detailing private information on every student. The 400 individual data points for each student include health conditions, religion, voting status, income, likes and dislikes.

The information,”through a complicated network of contracts and agreements, can then be shared with the federal government, contractors, researchers and other outside agencies.”

“Testing corporations can then analyze the test data, produce recommendations for how to ‘remediate’ student weaknesses, and then sell that information back to states and school districts,” the law firm said.

The Truth in American Education blog is endorsing the opt-out effort.

Common_Core_opponentsGa“Now is the time for parents to protest this intrusion by opting their child out of Common Core for the 2014-2015 school year,” the blog said. “Congress did NOT pass legislation requiring Common Core standards to be implemented nor did Congress require that standards, curriculum, and tests be aligned.

“If parents allow the U.S. Department of Education to force policy upon the public as if that policy were law, the parents will be surrendering more than parental involvement to the federal government. How soon will it be before all parental rights are ceded to the federal government?”

Opposition to the federal mandates has come from the Heartland Institute, the Home School Legal Defense Association, Eagle Forum and others.

Fox News has reported Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration in federal court over the issue.

The allegations are that the Department of Education illegally manipulated grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core standards.

WND reported this week one of North Carolina’s largest school districts condemned the College Board’s new Advanced Placement history curriculum, which has direct ties to Common Core, calling it a deeply biased, inaccurate and revisionist version of American history.

The New Hanover County Schools Board of Education adopted a resolution Aug. 19 that calls for a one-year delay in the course‘s implementation.

David Coleman, known as the architect of the Common Core national standards and its chief pitchman, is the president of the College Board, a private company based in New York that owns the SAT and ACT exams as well as the Advanced Placement, or AP, exams and curriculum.

“Coleman is now re-writing every College Board product to align with Common Core,” said Meg Norris, a retired public-school teacher in Hall County, Georgia, and an anti-Common Core activist in that state.

The College Board not only owns the AP curriculum but it administers the AP standardized tests nationwide to K-12 students, measuring their readiness to attend college. Coleman’s ties to the controversial Common Core national education standards and the AP course’s new take on American history has come under fierce criticism.

National Review reported the College Board under Coleman is “politicizing” the teaching of American history.

Officials in North Carolina reported last week that in light of the Common Core influence, home schools in the state rose 14.3 percent. The state reports there are 98,172 homeschoolers in the state.

Governors in Oklahoma, South Carolina, Indiana and Louisiana have taken steps to distance themselves from Common Core, either by working with their state legislatures or by taking unilateral action.



Liberal Law, False Stories vs. Christian Faith

Liberal Law, False Stories vs. Christian Faith

keyoldWoe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! ~Isaiah 5:20


Internet in Bull’s Eye For New “Hate Speech” Plan

By Jerome Corsi*

keyAll violent crimes are hate crimes, and all crime victims deserve equal justice. This law is a grave threat to the First Amendment because it provides special penalties based on what people think, feel or believe. ~Erik Stanley, Senior Legal Counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom

Southern Poverty Law Center, Leading Money-maker in the Smear Industry

free-speech1Last year the Southern Poverty Law Center branded the World Congress of Families, a respected International Christian coalition that opposes same-sex marriage, p—-graphy and abortion, as being an “anti-LGBT hate group.”

It also operates a “Hate Map,” which apparently was used by a confessed attempted terrorist to identify Christians to kill in 2012.

In that case, Floyd Lee Corkins II identified SPLC as his source of information when he decided to murder staff members at a Christian organization in Washington, the Family Research council. Corkins, a homosexual activist, told investigators he had gotten details about the Family Research Council from SPLC, which publicly had labeled FRC as a “Hate group” because of its biblical position on homosexuality.

The Hate Crime Reporting Act of 2014, proposed by Senator Ed Markey and Representative Hakeem Jeffries, both Democrats, “would create an updated comprehensive report examining the role of the Internet and other telecommunications in encouraging hate crimes based on gender, race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation and create recommendations to address such crimes,” according to Markey’s office.

The Boston Herald took issue with the bill, calling it “frankly chilling” that Markey is seeking to “empower an obscure federal agency to begin scouring the Internet, TV and radio for speech it finds threatening.

“Perhaps he could crack a briefing book on the crisis in Ukraine rather than looking for his own extra-constitutional methods of punishing speech he finds unacceptable,” the editorial added.

censhorship-1st-amendmentAmerican Family Association President Tim Wildmon warned the new law “creates a kind of caste system in law enforcement, where the perverse thing is that people who engage in non-normative sexual behavior will have more legal protection than heterosexuals. This kind of inequality before the law is simply un-American.”

Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute, testified before Congress against the hate-crimes bill. “It is fundamentally unjust for the government to treat some crime victims more favorably than others, just because they are homosexual or transsexual,” Dacus said. “This bill is an unnecessary federal intrusion into state law-enforcement authority, and it is an unwise step toward silencing religious and moral viewpoints.”

* World Net Daily

(excerpts, Whistleblower, March 2015, 44-45)


Southern Poverty Law Center—Smearing Christians

Ed Vitagliano

American Family Association Journal

free-speech-ben-franklinAdmittedly, America’s culture wars can get pretty heated. Increasingly, however, leftist groups are labeling Christian organizations such as AFA “hate groups” in order to delegitimize and shame them out of the public debate over homosexual marriage.

One of the secularist organizations most successful with this strategy is the Southern Poverty Law Center. Founded in 1971 by Alabama lawyer Morris Dees and based in Montgomery, the group has successfully traded on its earlier years as an organization committed to combating racial segregation.

While SPLC insists that it continues to maintain a watchful gaze for racial injustice across the American landscape, it has expanded its mission over the years. SPLC now also scours the land looking for something else: people and groups who refuse to embrace homosexuality from a secular progressive perspective.

truth-orwell-quoteSuch folks are labeled “hate groups” and tossed into SPLC’s “extremist files.” Both AFA and Family Research Council were stained with these epithets in 2010.

So what constitutes hate for SPLC? Mark Potok, director of publications and information for SPLC, told CNN that his organization does not stick the “hate” label on groups solely because of biblical beliefs about homosexuality – such as saying that homosexuality is a sin.

Rather, the label comes because groups like AFA engage “in straight-up defamation of a very large group of people.” They “spend their days and nights attacking gay people.” In another interview, Potok said Christian hate groups were “consciously promoting falsehoods and demonizing an entire group of people. It’s fact-free demonization.”

PC-TruthHow do such groups “demonize gay people”? According to SPLC’s website, organizations such as AFA do so by teaching things like: there are environmental and relational causes for homosexuality, rather than a genetic or biological cause; the homosexual lifestyle can lead to negative physical and mental health consequences; it is better for children to have both a mother and father in the home, rather than two same-gender parents; and there is evidence that some homosexuals can leave the lifestyle.

These “myths,” SPLC shrilly asserts, “almost certainly contribute to hate crime violence directed at the LGBT community.”

Of course, AFA does not believe such statements are myths – and it continues to present plenty of evidence to prove their veracity. But Potok and his ilk are not satisfied with an “agree to disagree” end to the discussion. If you don’t agree with SPLC, you’re a hater.

From hype to hypocrisy
It’s understandable that the group claims the hate label isn’t applied simply for the biblical beliefs of Christians. That would be bigotry on its face, and SPLC loves to keep up the appearance of tolerance on its part.

Still, it’s a ruse. For example, while AFA often puts forward sociological evidence to declare that kids are better off with their biological mother and father – rather than two moms or two dads – it’s clear that this belief is rooted in a Christian worldview. To call the sociological argument “hate” is to call a biblical view of marriage and family hate as well.

freedomofspeechIt is SPLC’s hypocrisy that is perhaps most appalling, for when liberals say harsh and hateful things about Christianity, they don’t wind up in SPLC’s “extremist files.”

The late Christopher Hitchens, for example, a brilliant polemicist who made his mark attacking Christianity and other religions, was notorious for his overheated rhetoric denouncing believers and their faith. In various public forums, Hitchens insisted that Christianity was a “sinister” religion and “explicitly totalitarian;” it “injects poison into our system;” it is overtly “sado-masochistic;” and that Christian clergy “lie to children for a living.”

And yet, lo and behold, Hitchens never made it onto SPLC’s list of extremists or haters. Neither do any of the other leftist demagogues who have created a cottage industry defaming the Christian faith.

Why not? Why is it hateful to say children deserve both a mom and a dad but not hateful to call Christianity “sinister” and to call pastors and priests liars?

war-on-christianityThe only obvious answer for this blatant double standard is that, at its core, the SPLC’s hate list is about attacking a belief system grounded in the Judeo-Christian worldview.

Of course, there’s no law against having a double standard. And AFA understands that SPLC’s obvious hatred for Christianity is well within the expectations of those involved in public discourse. Debates in the culture wars are not for the squeamish. If Potok and other SPLC officials hear hate when Christians declare what the Bible says, that’s their opinion and they’re entitled to it.

There’s only one problem: The media regularly echoes the SPLC designation of “hate group” when journalists mention groups such as AFA. 

Moreover, for much of the first six years of the Obama administration, even government agencies like the Justice Department and Department of Defense were using SPLC’s hate group list to castigate AFA and FRC by name in meetings with staffers. It was only the threat of legal action that stopped this practice by the federal government.

This is a tremendous power for a clearly leftist organization to wield, especially given its open hostility toward Christian groups that won’t fall in line with SPLC’s secularist agenda.

In a world with a growing list of enemies of the faith, the Southern Poverty Law Center is now one of the most powerful.

Clear History, Wall Street Journal Opinion, and Barack Obama anti-Israel Action

1. Clear History: Wall Street Journal Sizes Up Barack Obama 

A “deadly” article regarding Barack Obama, at the Wall Street Journal, which today is the most widely circulated newspaper in America.

 Opinion Article by Alan Caruba: Wall Street Journal

 truth2momentHistory Patterns

“I have this theory about Barack Obama. I think he’s led a kind of make-believe life in which money was provided and doors were opened because at some point early on somebody or some group (George Soros, maybe? or Frank Marshall Davis??) took a look at this tall, good looking, half-white, half-black, young man with an exotic African/Muslim name and concluded he could be guided toward a life in politics where his facile speaking skills could even put him in the White House.

obamadictatorimagesGhost-Written Book

In a very real way, he has been a young man in a very big hurry. Who else do you know has written two memoirs before the age of 45? “Dreams of My Father” was published in 1995 when he was only 34 years old. The “Audacity of Hope” followed in 2006. If, indeed, he did write them himself. There are some who think that his mentor and friend, Bill Ayers, a man who calls himself a “communist with a small ‘c’ was the real author. 

In the Senate

obamayearsHis political skills consisted of rarely voting on anything that might be deemed controversial. He went from a legislator in the Illinois House to the Senator from that state because he had the good fortune of having Mayor Daley’s formidable political machine at his disposal.


He was in the U.S. Senate so briefly that his bid for the presidency was either an act of astonishing self-confidence or part of some greater game plan that had been determined before he first stepped foot in the Capital. How, many must wonder, was he selected to be a 2004 keynote speaker at the Democrat convention that nominated John Kerry when virtually no one had ever even heard of him before?

He out maneuvered Hillary Clinton in primaries. He took Iowa by storm. A charming young man, an anomaly in the state with a very small black population, he oozed “cool” in a place where agriculture was the antithesis of cool. He dazzled the locals. And he had an army of volunteers drawn to a charisma that hid any real substance.

And then he had the great good fortune of having the Republicans select one of the most inept candidates for the presidency since Bob Dole. And then John McCain did something crazy. He picked Sarah Palin, an unknown female governor from the very distant state of Alaska . It was a ticket that was reminiscent of 1984’s Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro and they went obama-ego-kingsizedown to defeat.

Media Darling

The mainstream political media fell in love with him. It was a schoolgirl crush with febrile commentators like Chris Mathews swooning then and now over the man. The venom directed against McCain and, in particular, Palin, was extraordinary.

No understanding of History

ObamaArticleHeadSandNow, 6 full years into his presidency, all of those gilded years leading up to the White House have left him unprepared to be President. Left to his own instincts, he has a talent for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. It swiftly became a joke that he could not deliver even the briefest of statements without the ever-present Tele-Prompters.

Far worse, however, is his capacity to want to “wish away” some terrible realities, not the least of which is the Islamist intention to destroy America and enslave the West. Any student of history knows how swiftly Islam initially spread. It knocked on the doors of Europe, having gained a foothold in Spain.


The great crowds that greeted him at home or on his campaign “world tour” were no substitute for having even the slightest grasp of history and the reality of a world filled with really bad people with really bad intentions. Oddly and perhaps even inevitably, his political experience, a cakewalk, has positioned him to destroy the Democrat Party’s hold on power in Congress because in the end it was never about the Party. It was always about his communist ideology, learned at an early age from family, mentors, college professors, and extreme leftist friends and colleagues.

Obama is a man who could deliver a snap judgment about a Boston police officer who arrested an “obstreperous” Harvard professor-friend, but would warn Americans against “jumping to conclusions” about a mass murderer at Fort Hood who shouted “Allahu Akbar.” The absurdity of that was lost on no one. He has since compounded this by calling the Christmas bomber “an isolated extremist” only to have to admit a day or two later that he was part of an al Qaeda plot. 


He is a man who could strive to close down our detention facility at Guantanamo even though those released were known to have returned to the battlefield against America. He could even instruct his Attorney General to afford the perpetrator of 9/11 a civil trial when no one else would ever even consider such an obscenity. And he is a man who could wait three days before having anything to say about the perpetrator of yet another terrorist attack on Americans and then have to elaborate on his remarks the following day because his first statement was so lame.

The pattern repeats itself. He either blames any problem on the Bush administration or he naively seeks to wish away the truth. 

Knock, knock. Anyone home? Anyone there? Barack Obama exists only as the sock puppet of his handlers, of the people who have maneuvered and manufactured this pathetic individual’s life.

 Birth Certificate

obamapinocchioWhen anyone else would quickly and easily produce a birth certificate, this man spent over a million dollars to deny access to his. Most other documents, the paper trail we all leave in our wake, have been sequestered from review. He has lived a make-believe life whose true facts remain hidden.

Even his wife has mentioned they visited the country of his birth, Kenya. You did note she did not accompany him on the trip to Saudi Arabia on which he actually bowed to the king. Being a muslim required him to do so and that same faith prevented him from taking her with him”.

2.Barack Obama’s Anti-Israel Action

Obama’s ‘jihad against Jews’ spills Israel’s nuke secrets

“Israel has shared its secrets with the U.S. for decades. They never imagined a jihadist in the White House.”

Bob Unruh

White House declassifies details of Middle East democracy’s defenses


obama-muslim-brotherhoodIn a move blasted by commentators as part of President Obama’s “jihad against Jews,” the White House has abruptly declassified details of Israel’s nuclear program.

According to Israel National News, the Obama administration declassified a Department of Defense top-secret document with details of Israel’s assets, “a highly covert topic that Israel has never formally announced to avoid a regional nuclear arms race.”

The report said until now, the U.S. has respected that effort by remaining silent.

“But by publishing the declassified document from 1987, the U.S. reportedly breached the silent agreement to keep quiet on Israel’s nuclear powers for the first time ever, detailing the nuclear program in great depth,” the report said.

It openly questioned, “Obama revenge for Netanyahu’s Congress talk,” and other commentators were more direct.

At, started by a former Muslim terrorist turned Christian, was the blunt headline “Obama’s evil revenge on Netanyahu continues.”

Pamela Geller, on her Atlas Shrugs blog, called it “Obama’s jihad against the Jews.”


“Obama is sick, sick with Jew-hatred – unbalanced, unhinged, a danger to this country, our allies, the world. Israel’s nuclear program, whatever it may be, is purely existential insurance. If they have a nuclear weapon, they have had it for 50 years and have never used it, despite the decades-long Muslim wars against the Jews,” she wrote.

“Israel has shared its secrets with the U.S. for decades. They never imagined a jihadist in the White House.”

Israel National News said the “timing of the revelation is highly suspect, given that it came as tensions spiraled out of control between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama ahead of Netanyahu’s March 3 address in Congress, in which he warned against the dangers of Iran’s nuclear program and how the deal being formed on that program leaves the Islamic regime with nuclear breakout capabilities.”

obama-defend-prophet-of-islamThe speech to Congress was at the invitation of Congress, and Obama reportedly went, according to one published headline, into a “pout” because he was not consulted on the plans. Obama’s relations with Israel’s elected leader have never been better than rocky during his White House tenure.

Obama later publicly said he didn’t pay much attention to the speech and insisted there was nothing new in it.

Just days later, Netanyahu won a sweeping victory in a national election, despite the reported organized opposition from the Obama administration.

WND reported extensively on a non-profit that had been given U.S. taxpayer money to defeat Netanyahu.

The OneVoice Movement at one point featured and promoted a link to the State Department and featured its logo, which later was removed.

OneVoice is a U.S.-U.K. non-profit sponsoring V15, a new Israeli political action group that led a get-out-the-vote-organizing drive aimed at replacing Netanyahu’s government with a center-left coalition.

OneVoice’s offices in Tel Aviv were used as the campaign headquarters for V15′s anti-Netanyahu effort, as WND was first to report.

It was OneVoice that reportedly hired 270 Strategies, a consulting firm whose senior leadership is comprised mostly of former top staffers for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. 270 Strategies has been consulting in V15′s campaign.

When the links were revealed, Fox News quoted a source saying a bipartisan U.S. Senate committee with subpoena powers had started investigating the possibility the Obama administration may have aided OneVoice’s efforts to defeat Netanyahu via grants from the State Department.

OneVoice received a State Department grant for $350,000.

obama-muslim-brotherhood2Israel National News noted another “suspicious aspect” of the U.S. government’s decision was that “while the Pentagon saw fit to declassify sections on Israel’s sensitive nuclear program, it kept sections on Italy, France, West Germany and other NATO countries classified, with those sections blocked out in the document.”

The report, called the “Critical Technological Assessment in Israel and NATO Nations,” describes how Israel advanced its technology and obtained a “nuclear infrastructure and research in the 1970s and 1980s.”

INN said the revelation “marks a first in which the U.S. published in a document a description of how Israel attained hydrogen bombs.”

The report describes Israel’s facilities that “are equivalent to our Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge National Laboratories,” where the U.S. developed its nuclear program.

According to INN, the report by the Institute for Defense Analysis in 1987, said that “as far as nuclear technology is concerned the Israelis are roughly where the U.S. was in the fission weapon field in about 1955 to 1960.”



3. Commentary Magazine

AP Editor Flunks Middle East 101

MediaLowInfoThose of us who write about Middle East politics sometimes joke that the mainstream press is desperately in need of an introductory course on the subject. And now, thanks to the latest effort by the Associated Press, we’re forced to ask: What happens when reporters take Middle East 101–and fail? The AP’s Middle East editor this week tackled the burning question: “Is Israel democratic?” If you know anything at all about the country, you know that this question requires a one-word answer: Yes. The AP, however, thought it was an essay test. And what a disaster it was.

False Stories

media-lies The full headline to AP editor Dan Perry’s piece is “AP Analysis: Is Israel democratic? Not so clear.” Such baldly false smears are part and parcel of the debate, of course. For some reason it’s considered acceptable practice to merely make up stuff about Israel and pass lies off as truth. It comes with the territory of being the world’s one Jewish state. But the timing here is interesting. All that’s really changed regarding Israel is President Obama’s public attitude toward it, in which his hostility toward the country and its people are being broadcast instead of denied.

The Associated Press seems to be taking its cue from the president, “reassessing” its public posture toward Israel, and facilitating team Obama in their efforts to change the narrative. But it also does consumers of news on the Middle East a favor: anyone who doesn’t know Israel is clearly a democracy is obviously not a reliable source on the subject.

The AP also shows how much hedging and spinning needs to be done to even try to paint Israel as less than a democracy. Perry begins by calling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “hardliner”–a common term employed by anti-Israel activists but one which has no basis in reality. Painting Netanyahu as a “hardliner” is especially useful if you’re trying to undercut his democratic credentials, however.

Character, Standard of Morality, and Courage

Character, Standard of Morality, and Courage

keyoldHearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their reviling. For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be forever, and my salvation from generation to generation. ~Isaiah 51:7,8

“May we ever be courageous and prepared to stand for what we believe, and if we must stand alone in the process, may we do so courageously, strengthened by the knowledge that in reality we are never alone when we stand with our Father in Heaven.”7 ~Thomas S. Monson

by Thomas S. Monson

kacher-choices-192x192Scarcely an hour passes, but what we are called upon to make choices of one kind or another.

To make wise choices,  we need courage—“the courage to say no, the courage to say yes. Decisions do determine destiny.” 1

bednar-truth-192x192In the following excerpts, Thomas S. Monson reminds us that we need courage to stand for truth and righteousness, to defend what we believe, and to confront a world that is rejecting eternal values and principles.

“The call for courage comes constantly to each of us. It has ever been so, and so shall it ever be. 2

Courage Brings God’s Approval

couragenotcompromisethomas-s-monson“We will all face fear, experience ridicule, and meet opposition. Let us—all of us—have the courage to defy the consensus, the courage to stand for principle. Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God’s approval. Courage becomes a living and an attractive virtue when it is regarded not only as a willingness to die manfully but also as the determination to live decently. As we move forward, striving to live as we should, we will surely receive help from the Lord and can find comfort in His words.”3

Withstand with Courage

robbins-overcome-fear-men“What does it mean to endure? I love this definition: to withstand with courage. Courage may be necessary for you to believe; it will at times be necessary as you obey. It will most certainly be required as you endure until that day when you will leave this mortal existence.”4

Have Courage to Stand for Truth

“[May] you have the courage to stand firm for truth and righteousness. Because the trend in society today is away from the values and principles the Lord has given us, you will almost certainly be called upon to defend that which you believe. Unless the roots of your testimony are firmly planted, it will be difficult for you to withstand the ridicule of those who challenge your faith. When firmly planted, your testimony of the gospel, of the Savior, and of our Heavenly Father will influence all that you do throughout your life.”5

We Need Spiritual and Moral Courage

fish-diamond_courage_inl“The messages portrayed on television, in movies, and in other media [today] are very often in direct opposition to that which we want our children to embrace and hold dear. It is our responsibility not only to teach them to be sound in spirit and doctrine but also to help them stay that way, regardless of the outside forces they may encounter. This will require much time and effort on our part—and in order to help others, we ourselves need the spiritual and moral courage to withstand the evil we see on every side.”6

May We Ever Be Courageous

“As we go about living from day to day, it is almost inevitable that our faith will be challenged. We may at times find ourselves surrounded by others and yet standing in the minority or even standing alone concerning what is acceptable and what is not. …

“May we ever be courageous and prepared to stand for what we believe, and if we must stand alone in the process, may we do so courageously, strengthened by the knowledge that in reality we are never alone when we stand with our Father in Heaven.”7

Internet Services, Millennials, and Liberty

Internet Services Takeover: Ignorance of Millennials Erodes their own Liberty

keyold Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge. ~Isaiah 5:13


Rush Limbaugh

millennialsMillennials are celebrating [Net Neutrality] as “massive landmark legislation” on February 26, when the Federal Communications Commission [FCC] voted to approve hundreds of pages of “net neutrality” regulations. Legislation? There was no legislation! Legislation can only come from the legislative branch of the government.

The FCC does not have the authority to do what it did. Rewriting telecommunications law falls under the rubric of Congress. It just so happens this Congress has shirked its responsibility.

I saw, across the board, American young people blindly, happily, arrogantly supporting this power grab. For one reason: they think the telecommunications companies, which they loathe, will get spanked. It’s depressing to see this kind of ignorance among supposedly educated people.

Obama does not emancipate; he restrains. He doesn’t expand; he limits. As in net neutrality, which is not, as my little tech blotters so proudly, happily said, “landmark legislation, so cool.” No, it’s a diktat, hundreds of pages of regulations, by an agency without any Constitutional legislative power.

internet-censhorshipConsider, if you will, what the Chi-Coms are doing, not that this would change one tech blogger’[s mind. China has already censored Google. Google is totally subservient to what the Chinese government will allow them to present, in their search function or anything else. The Chi-Coms last year alone shut down some 60,000 websites, because they didn’t like the content.

You don’t understand who the people are who are doing this, do you Who’s to say he wouldn’t make it very hard for a website that he doesn’t like to operate? The FCC just gave itself the power to police conduct by broadband providers on a case-by-case basis. On the basis of what will they “police” the “conduct”? Say the offending website is owned and operated by Republicans. Well, we know what will happen. Or, say the offending website is cheating people but is owned by Democrats, rich donors to Obama. We know what will happen there, too.

This is made to order for groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center, the ACLU, Media Matters for America, you name the Soros group.

And if you’re a typical know-nothing millennial, you have never heard the 1967 warning from Ronald Reagan: “Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.” (Limbaugh Letter, April 2015, 2-3.)


US Regulator Sued by Internet Services over Net Neutrality Rules

internet-censhorship3U.S. broadband providers on Monday filed lawsuits against the Federal Communications Commission’s recently approved net neutrality rules, launching what is expected to be a series of legal challenges.

Broadband industry trade group USTelecom filed a lawsuit against the FCC in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which has in the past twice rejected the FCC’s net neutrality regulations.

The group argues the new rules are “arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion” and violate various laws, regulations and rulemaking procedures.

Texas-based Internet provider Alamo Broadband Inc. challenged the FCC’s new rules in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans, making a similar argument.

The rules, approved in February and posted online on March 12, treat both wireless and wireline Internet service providers as more heavily regulated “telecommunications services,” more like traditional telephone companies.

Broadband providers are banned under the rules from blocking or slowing any traffic and from striking deals with content companies for smoother delivery of traffic to consumers.

USTelecom President Walter McCormick said in a statement that the group’s members supported enactment of “open Internet” principles into law but not using the new regulatory regime that the FCC chose.
“We do not believe the Federal Communications Commission’s move to utility-style regulation … is legally sustainable,” he said.

Industry sources have previously told Reuters that USTelecom and two other trade groups, CTIA-The Wireless Association and the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, were expected to lead the expected legal challenges.

Verizon Communications Inc., which won the 2010 lawsuit against the FCC, is likely to hold back from filing an individual lawsuit this time around, an industry source familiar with Verizon’s plan has told Reuters.

FCC officials have said they were prepared for lawsuits and the new rules were on much firmer legal ground than previous iterations. The FCC said Monday’s petitions were “premature and subject to dismissal.”

The FCC’s rules have yet to be published in the Federal Register and formally go into effect, though USTelecom in its lawsuit says it filed the challenge on Monday in case the rules are construed to be final on the date of issue.

The case is U.S. Telecom Association v. FCC and United States of America, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, No. 15-1063.
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Teaching Children about Easter

Teaching Children about Easter

Can kids comprehend the cross?

Teddy James

American Family Association Journal

Jesus and ChildrenExcept for a few details such as being “with child from the Holy Spirit,” children don’t seem to have much problem understanding the Christmas story. God came to earth as a baby. His mother was Mary; his earthy father, Joseph. They had traveled a long way and were sleeping in a barn the night He was born. The good guys, like the shepherds and the wise men, celebrated His birth, but others did not.

Compare that story with the 33-year-old Jesus voluntarily traveling to Jerusalem, celebrating Passover, staying silent before His accusers, being flogged, beaten, spat upon, having a crown of thorns forced onto His head, carrying the instrument of His homicide, nailed to a rough, wooden cross, and suffering for six hours until He died. Easter is difficult to explain and understand for adults, but much more so for children.

It is here that traditions can help families explain the tragedy and hope of Easter. Using tactile items to tell the story of Easter helps children understand the events on a level appropriate for their sensitivity and maturity. It also leaves room for their understanding to grow through the years. On top of that, new traditions help families mark, remember, and celebrate the most important of holy days in Christendom.

Resurrection Eggs
The ubiquitous plastic eggs have become synonymous with the Easter season. This has led some families to create a new tradition that embraces them but also points away from the commercialization of Easter and toward the reason we celebrate.

Parents get children to help them create or find items that go inside the eggs to symbolize the events of Easter. Most limit the items to 12 so the eggs can be kept in a common egg carton.

teaching-children-easterFamilies choose different symbols including: a cracker to symbolize the Last Supper (Matthew 26:26), silver coins (Matthew 26:14-16), a piece of leather or rope (John 19:1), a twig of thorns (Matthew 27:29), a cross (19:16-17), a large nail (John 19:18), a sign reading “King of the Jews” (Luke 23:38), a sponge (Matthew 27:48), a spear (John 19:34), cloves or spices (Luke 24:1), a rock (Matthew 27:59-60), and a white piece of linen (John 20:7). The last egg is left empty to show that Jesus left the tomb on the third day.

No matter what items are chosen, it is important to include a Scripture reference inside each egg. This will also help children see Scripture as living, breathing, and applicable rather than dry and boring.

Resurrection Tree
Building on the idea of gathering items that symbolize Easter, many families build a Resurrection Tree. The tree is unique in that it takes families from Creation to Jesus’ resurrection. Some families take 30 days to decorate the tree and spend a few minutes each day leading up to Resurrection Sunday to read Scripture and create ornaments.  (See sidebar below.)

On the first day, parents read Genesis 1-2 and children place an ornament that resembles earth on the tree. That ornament can be papier-mâché or a colored balloon. On day seven, families can read Genesis 37, 40-46 (or excerpts from those chapters) and place an ornament symbolizing Joseph’s coat of many colors. On day eight, a lamb is placed on a branch while reading Exodus 12, the story of the Passover. This is a perfect time to discuss how the Passover is a foreshadowing of Easter. Families continue working their way through God’s story of redemption to its culmination in the resurrection.

But the Resurrection Tree doesn’t have to take 30 days. Some families make one ornament for every week of Lent. (See sidebar.) Others choose to make only four ornaments the first year, carefully explaining each symbol. They add a few more the next year and further explain the ramifications of Easter to their children.

Seder Meal
Messianic Jewish congregations possess a great way of teaching that the gospel did not begin in the New Testament but was in God’s plan from the very beginning. They celebrate Passover with a Seder meal, and some choose to end the dinner with Communion.

The Seder meal consists of many elements including the washing of hands, a time during which children ask four questions and are answered by the leader of the Seder meal, the hiding and finding of the Afkomen (unleavened bread), the four cups of wine that involve a reading and response filled with history and Scripture, the partaking of the Seder plate consisting of Karpas (greens), Beltzah (a boiled egg), Maror (a bitter herb), Charoset (a sweet mixture of chopped apples, nuts, honey, and cinnamon), and the shank bone of a lamb.

Every aspect of the Seder meal has a powerful, symbolic meaning. That meaning is amplified when viewed through the lens of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. The Seder meal is a tradition thousands of years in the making and will bring extra meaning to your family’s Easter celebration.

Easter is certainly difficult to explain and hard to understand, especially for children. However, it can also be the most celebratory, meaningful, and maturing seasons in a Christian child’s life. These traditions, and many others like them, will ensure that your children remember that Easter isn’t about new clothes, candy, and an oversized bunny. It is about the Creator of the Universe clothing Himself in flesh and offering Himself as a sacrifice for our sins. Whatever traditions you choose to establish, make sure they will be remembered, treasured, and repeated.


Lent – This year, Lent began on February 18, Ash Wednesday. Although the Lenten season is almost complete, it isn’t too late to prepare your family for Easter through this traditional time marked by self-examination, prayer, fasting, self-denial, and repentance.

Here are some ideas for Lent to help you get started.

  • Practice self-denial. Give up something important to you. A few examples include withholding food for one meal a day, giving up coffee or tea, abstaining from television, or choosing to read only Scripture.
  • Serve those around you. Make a special effort to follow Jesus’s life of service by finding families in your community to bless, or by making a sacrificial gift to a gospel ministry.
  • Make pretzels. Pretzels are a traditional Lenten food symbolizing arms crossed in prayer. Making pretzels is a memorable way to include children in the Lenten season.
  • Prepare your heart. Like an annual physical exam, use this time to access your relationship with Christ. Pray through the verses of Psalm 51 and meditate on it daily.
  • Begin a focused family Bible time. If your family is not in the habit of studying Scripture together, Lent is a great time to begin. The Easter story found in Mark 14-16 is an appropriate passage.


New Easter traditions

Resurrection Eggs kit

Resurrection Tree

Seder Meal Resources

Full copy of a Haggadah

How to make an Easter Garden

How and why to celebrate the 40 days Jesus stayed on earth after His resurrection

40-day journey to Easter