Christian News: Homeschooling Growth Rate Increases; Victory for Life; Video Games and Violence

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Homeschooling Growth Rate Increases;  Victory for Life; Video Games and Violence

Homeschooling Growth Rate Increases

Safety concerns motivate homeschooling

September 2018 – Homeschool associations such as the Texas Home School Coalition are seeing increased interest in homeschooling. Many parents are concerned about school safety due to school shootings and bullying.

“Most parents homeschool for more than one reason,” said Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute. “But when we ask families why they homeschool, near the top nowadays is concern about the environment of schools, and that includes safety, pressure to get into drugs, and pressure to get into sexual activity.”

While states are not required to track homeschooling numbers, the U.S. Department of Education estimated 1.69 million homeschool students in the spring of 2016. Ray suggests the number is closer to 2.3 million.

“Homeschooling has been growing at an estimated 2% to 8% per year, and that’s compounded,” he said.

For example, there was a 25% increase in homeschooling between 2012 and 2016.

christianheadlines.com, 6/1/18; washingtontimes.com, 5/30/18

Victory for Life in Two States

September 2018 – The U.S.Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of California pregnancy resource centers affected by California’s FACT (Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency) Act. Since FACT passed in 2015, any pro-life center that failed to inform its clients of the state’s free or low-cost abortions was subject to fines of $500-1000. On June 26, the court ruled in NIFLA v. Becerra that the California FACT Act was a violation of free speech.

Penny Nance, CEO and president of Concerned Women for America, said the case “centered on an inappropriate mandate of the state compelling pro-life clinics to promote abortion in violation of their consciences.”

On another front, Louisiana passed HB 449, The Adoption Option Act, authored by Rep. Rick Edmonds (R). It ensures Louisiana’s Department of Health website contains proactive information for birth parents about the benefits of adoption, and it guarantees that materials distributed to women in abortion facilities will also contain information on adoption.

“My bill is designed to reach couples facing the trauma and violence of abortion with empowering information on the simple first steps to consider the heroic option of adoption,” Edmonds said.

Passage of the legislation followed a red carpet premier at the Governor’s Mansion of the short film I Lived on Parker Avenue (See AFA Journal, March 2018.), that documents the journey of LSU law student David Scotton to meet his birth parents.

foxnews.com, 6/26/18; concernedwomen.org, 6/26/18

Trump DOJ Helping Protect Freedom of Worship

September 2018 – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken steps to support the religious freedom of churches by launching the “Place to Worship Initiative,” an education program for federal agencies and attorneys. This initiative is to help them understand how to carry out the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, a federal law passed in 2000 mandating that the government refrain from placing unnecessary burdens on churches and prisoners in relation to their places and manner of worship.

“President Trump’s DOJ is doing a good job protecting religious freedom in this area,” said Travis Weber of Family Research Council. “And we really are advocating for it to be protected across the board.”

onenewsnow.com, 6/21/18

U.S. withdraws from UN council

Nikki Haley with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

September 2018 – “A cesspool of political bias.” That’s how Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, described the Human Rights Council just before she announced that the U.S. is withdrawing from the council.

One reason for withdrawal, Haley stated, is the council’s repeated acceptance and protection of countries with human rights problems, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo and Venezuela.

Haley added the council’s mistreatment of Israel as reason for the withdrawal, calling it a “chronic bias” against Israel.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated, “Since its creation, the council has adopted more resolutions condemning Israel than against the rest of the world combined.”

timesofisrael.com, 6/20/18

Video Games and Violence Affect Young Players

September 2018 – Do violent video games have an adverse effect on American teens? Does a graphic television show about suicide alter the mental state of its viewers?

Culture critic Robert Knight believes the answer to both is a resounding yes, labeling the current situation a “culture war on children.”

“The military uses violent videos to train people to kill,” Knight argues. “So it seems reasonable to assume that violence-laden video games may make some kids numb to real violence. …”

Knight referenced a game called “Active Shooter.” Players in this game can carry out school shootings from the comfort of their living rooms, with the game keeping tabs onscreen of how many people the player has killed.

Knight also cited the Netflix hit show 13 Reasons Why, a drama centered around the suicide of a teen named Hannah. Following season one, a 26% increase was seen in the Google searches for how to commit suicide. Season two aired in May with sex scenes, rapes, homosexuality, pornography, and gun violence.

Knight acknowledged one opposing statistic, which claims 80% of mass shooters reveal no interest in video games.

However, he raised this question: “If viewing has no effect on behavior, why do merchants invest billions of dollars on ads to influence people’s buying choices?”

Netflix airs ‘Salute to Abortion’

September 2018 – Netflix has recently come under fire as the network pursues its commitment to promoting the darkest aspects of human nature. For example, in early July, Netflix aired Michelle Wolf’s Salute to Abortion in which the alleged comedian declared, “God bless abortion!”

In another case, critics have accused Netflix of airing child porn in a recent foreign film.

AFA continues partnering with Parents Television Council and a broader coalition of groups to urge Netflix to end its sleazy suicide series 13 Reasons Why.

Join the efforts; sign a petition at afa.net/Netflix urging Netflix to pull both seasons one and two of 13 Reasons Why. (See related story here.)

 

Suicide: a leading cause of death in U.S.

September 2018 – Suicide has become the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., with an increase of nearly 30% over the past decade, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control. In 2016, nearly 45,000 suicides occurred in the U.S. – more than twice the number of homicides. And among ages 15-34, suicide is the second leading cause of death.

In 27 states, 54% of suicides were not linked to any diagnosed mental health problem. While the most common method of suicide involved firearms, suicides from opioid overdoses doubled between 1999 and 2014. In 2014, those with opioid addiction were 40-60% more likely to consider suicide. Other factors associated with suicide included strained relationships, financial stressors, and physical health conditions.

“Suicide is a public health crisis when you look at the numbers, and they keep going up,” said Nadine Kaslow, former president of the American Psychological Association. (See related story, here.)

washingtonpost.com, 6/7/18

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YouTube Video: Milton Friedman, Capitalism and Freedom

Dinner Topics for Tuesday

YouTube Video: Milton Freedman, Capitalism and Freedom

From Rush Limbaugh Radio

miltonfriedman2One sound bite is two minutes of Milton Friedman schooling Phil Donahue and his audience in greed and capitalism and virtue.

RUSH:  [Obama] was quoting Reverend Wright, and he said that’s for me, man, I love that.  White folks’ greed runs a world in need.  So let’s go to 1979, ancient times for many of you.  We may as well be going back to the Roman Coliseum for this.  Nineteen seventy nine, I was 28.  Ancient times for many of you.  Phil Donahue interviewing Milton Friedman, and they had this exchange.  And Donahue starts off wanting to know about greed and capitalism.  Here it is.  And listen to this.

DONAHUE:  When you see around the globe the maldistribution of wealth, the desperate plight of millions of people in underdeveloped countries, when you see so few haves and so many have-nots, when you see the greed and the concentration of power, did you ever have a moment of doubt about capitalism and whether greed’s a good idea to run on?

Greed Definition

FRIEDMAN:  Well, first of all, tell me, is there some society you know that doesn’t run on greed?  You think Russia doesn’t run on greed?  You think China doesn’t run on greed?  What is greed?  Of course none of us are greedy. It’s only the other fellow who’s greedy.

The world runs on individuals pursuing their separate interests.  The great achievements of civilization have not come from government bureaus.  Einstein didn’t construct his theory under order from a bureaucrat.  Henry Ford didn’t revolutionize the automobile industry that way.  In the only cases in which the masses have escaped from the kind of grinding poverty you’re talking about, the only cases in recorded history are where they have had capitalism and largely free trade.  If you want to know where the masses are worst off, it’s exactly in the kinds of societies that depart from that.

So that the record of history is absolutely crystal clear that there is no alternative way, so far discovered, of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free enterprise system.

DONAHUE:  But it seems to reward not virtue as much as ability to manipulate the system.

Virtue Definition

FRIEDMAN:  And what does reward virtue?  Do you think the communist commissar rewards virtue?  Do you think Hitler rewards virtue?  Do you think American presidents reward virtue?  Do they choose their appointees on the basis of the virtue of the people appointed or on the basis of their political clout?  Is it really true that political self-interest is nobler somehow than economic self-interest?  You know, I think you’re taking a lot of things for granted.  Just tell me where in the world you find these angels who are going to organize society for us.

DONAHUE:  Well —

FRIEDMAN:  I don’t even trust you to do that.

RUSH:  Milton Friedman back in 1979 schooling Phil Donahue, and everybody else who heard that on the notions of virtue and greed and just basically upsetting Phil’s applecart.  Phil wasn’t smart enough to know it was happening. He’s still running around lamenting the accident of birth. If he’d been 30 miles south he would have grown up in poverty.  Anyway, we wanted to play that for you and recognize Milton Friedman.

miltonfriedmanMilton Friedman:  “If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there will be a shortage of sand.” 

 Milton Friedman:  “Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.” 

Another Milton Friedman quote:  “Most of the energy of political work is devoted to correcting the effects of mismanagement of government.”  

Boy, isn’t that true? Pass another law.  Government comes along and creates a program.  The program is an absolute disaster.  Government says, “That’s gotta get fixed.”  Government says, “Okay, we’ll fix it.”  And it compounds itself, one error atop another. (Rush)

Another Milton Friedman quote:  “Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.”  

I’ll tell you, the guy was great.  He was a genius.  He lived into his late eighties.  He would have been a hundred years old this week. (Rush)

Dinner Talk

1. Who does Mr. Friedman say is greedy?

2. Do you think political self-interest is better than economic self-interest? Why or why not?

3. According to Mr. Friedman, which system fosters a stronger economy— management by government bureaucracies (socialism), or free enterprise? Why?

Abuse of Power Update: Trey Gowdy Horowitz hearing Reveals Swamp Cover Up of Political Bias in FBI Investigation

Abuse of Power Update:

Trey Gowdy-Horowitz hearing Reveals Swamp Cover Up of Political Bias in FBI Investigation

And that great pit which hath been digged for the destruction of men shall be filled by them that digged it. ~1Nephi 14:3

Undeniable Political Bias in FBI Investigation

GOWDY: All right. So we’re three for three on her working on the two most important bureau investigations in 2016 and beyond. Now, is this the same Lisa Page that Andy McCabe used to leak information to a news outlet?

HOROWITZ: She was a special counsel, and as we indicated in our earlier report, she was the individual through whom he provided that information.

GOWDY: The same Lisa Page who admonished the agent interviewing Hillary Clinton not to go into that interview “loaded for bear” because Clinton might be the next president, and it’s the same Lisa Page who said Trump was “loathsome,” “awful,” “the man cannot become president; Clinton just has to win,” and that Trump “should go F— himself.” And we are somehow supposed to believe that she did not prejudge the outcome of that investigation before it was over? She already had Hillary Clinton winning. I don’t know how you can win if you’re gonna wind up getting indicted and/or plead guilty or be convicted of a felony.

RUSH LIMBAUGH: It’s impossible for us to replay the whole thing. We’d have had to go gavel to gavel on it. Gowdy was at this for about 20, 25 minutes. Just hammered Horowitz. But he wasn’t hammering Horowitz. He was just getting Horowitz to admit what was in the report but in an entirely different context. (snort) Gowdy made it plain that it was nothing but political bias guiding all these people, and he was stunned that nobody could see it in terms of the final report. Here’s the next example.

GOWDY: Senior FBI agent Peter Strzok wrote, “No. No, he’s not. We’ll stop it.” I think this is the same Peter Strzok who worked on the Clinton email investigation? Do I have that right?

HOROWITZ: That’s correct.

GOWDY: Same Peter Strzok who not only worked the Russia investigation when it began, was one of the lead investigators at the inception of the Russia probe. Do I have the right Peter Strzok?

HOROWITZ: That’s my understanding.

GOWDY: Now, is it the same Peter Strzok who was put on the Mueller special counsel team?

HOROWITZ: Yes.

GOWDY: Same Peter Strzok. And this is not the only time he managed to find the text feature on his phone, either. This is the same Peter Strzok who said, “Trump is an idiot. Hillary should win 100 million to zero.” Now, Mr. Inspector General, that one is interesting to me, because he’s supposed to be investigating her for violations of the Espionage Act, and he can’t think of a single, solitary American that wouldn’t vote for her for president. Can you see our skepticism?

GOWDY: What do you think the “it” is in that phrase “we’ll stop it”?

HOROWITZ: Oh, I think it’s clear in the context it’s we’re gonna stop him from becoming president.

GOWDY: That’s what I thought too. Now, I wonder who the “we” is in the “we’ll stop it.” Who do you think the “we” is?

HOROWITZ: Well, I think that’s probably subject to multiple interpretations — them or a broader group beyond that.

GOWDY: How about “finish it”? When he said, “I unleashed it. Now I need to fix it and finish it,” what do you think he meant by “finish it”?

HOROWITZ: I think in the context of the emails that occurred in August, the prior August that you outlined, I think a reasonable explanation that or a reasonable inference of that is that he believed he would use or potentially use his official authority to take action.

GOWDY: Did you ever have an agent when you were a prosecutor with this level of bias?

HOROWITZ: My view of this was that this was extremely serious, completely antithetical to the core values. In my personal view having been a prosecutor and worked with FBI agents, I can’t imagine FBI agents suggesting, even, that they might use their powers to investigate, frankly, any candidate for any office.

Swamp Cover Up

Thanks to A.F. Branco at Comically Incorrect  for his great cartoon

RUSH: Let me tell you what would happen if you watched this whole thing, as I did. If you watch Gowdy from beginning to end, with even more of what we haven’t had time to air here, you cannot conclude anything other that this is one of the sleaziest, dirtiest, most corrupt, politicized and biased attempts to destroy a particular presidential candidate while protecting another one. It is paramountly obvious.

The way Gowdy unpacked this and presented it versus the way the inspector general presents it? The two techniques, Gowdy and Horowitz, are so disparate that the conclusion has to be that the inspector general report — as filed, as reported, and as written — is actually part of the cover-up and the fix being in for all of this from the get-go. Because, folks, if this thing were interpreted as Gowdy did and written by the IG as Gowdy has interpreted it and any common sense person with the information would, these people would be in handcuffs already.

They would have been charged. The things they have done are worthy of serious criminal charges. And yet they’re still employed, many of them and still receiving paychecks. And specially they have been exonerated under the theory that there wasn’t any operational bias here that determined the outcome of any of these various operations. So I think — especially after listening to Gowdy the way he presented this today — it is clear that the ongoing effort to cover up and to water down what actually happened is still widely in practice.

See YouTube video: In Trump Kim Summit Trump shows Kim Freedom, Capitalism Benefits in Peaceful Denuclearization of North Korea

See YouTube video:

In Trump Kim Summit Trump shows Kim Freedom, Capitalism Benefits in Peaceful Denuclearization of North Korea

This video shows the great potential of a free people, the American way of life. Don’t miss it!  Freedom is America’s greatest export. ~C.D.

 

 

The historic summit has taken place with North Korea and they have agreed to denuclearization. Something past presidents have secured. But is this time different? President Trump hopes so, playing a video for Kim showing him what the future of North Korea could look like.

According to Town Hall:

As part of his effort to get dictator Kim Jong Un to agree to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, President Trump showed him a video that presented all the possibilities for North Korea’s future if sanctions come off.

In addition to the benefits economic development and innovative technologies would bring to the Hermit Kingdom, Trump also emphasized what developing the country’s beaches could do for the nation.

“They have great beaches! You see that whenever they’re exploding the cannons into the ocean, right?” Trump said after playing the four-minute video for the press.

“So I said, ‘Boy, look at that beach. Wouldn’t that make a great condo behind’ – and I explained it,” the real estate mogul said.

This is still a very tense situation with a lot of unknowns. Only time will tell. But from everything we have learned, it is moving in the right direction.

Read more at TrumpTrain  News

Earth Day Facts: Earth Day Founder Murdered Girlfriend

Earth Day Facts:

Earth Day Founder Murdered Girlfriend

Earth Day: Left Celebrates Murderer’s Idea

keyoldSatan goes about deceiving the nations. ~D&C 52:14

 

Rush Limbaugh

Another Great Hero of the Left

EarthDayCriminalPIXRUSH: This is Earth Day today, too, by the way, folks.  Earth Day is April 22nd.  Does the name Ira Einhorn mean anything to you?  Ira Einhorn is the founder of Earth Day.    Ira Einhorn actually murdered his girlfriend, I believe, and sliced her up.  An American convicted murderer and former environmentalist wacko, Ira Einhorn, “beat his ex-girlfriend, Holly Maddux, to death and then stored her body in a locked trunk in his apartment for more than a year — about 18 months — before she was discovered by the police. He fled to Europe and was convicted 25 years later for her murder in 2002 and is serving a life sentence.”  He is the co-founder of Earth Day and he supports a carbon tax, just as does Thomas L. Friedman.

So another great hero of the left.  Ira Einhorn is being celebrated today by environmentalist wackos because this is Earth Day.  Bill Ayers, former domestic terrorist, homemade bombs, his weapon of choice.  Ira Einhorn, co-founder, Earth Day, convicted murderer.  Another highly respected, honored leftist icon.  By the way, again, Ira Einhorn supports a carbon tax.

Earth Day Update

Rush Limbaugh

RUSH:  What’s going on here is that they can’t get anybody’s attention.  In every public opinion poll, global warming is down at the bottom.  So they’re trying to scare people out of their pants, because that’s all they’ve got.  The lone tactic that socialists have is to scare you, and that is what they’re trying to do ’cause you’re not buying what they’re saying.  And as they get more radical and lunatic like this, I don’t know what they expect. When you tell people that we have to get rid of cow farts to save the planet, nobody is gonna go for that.  Well, not nobody.  But that’s how just out of control that they have gotten.  

So Absurd you Have to Laugh

cowsThe UN says the only way to save the planet now is by eliminating cattle.  I mean, how do you stop cow farts?  Frankly the only way to get rid of cow farts is to get rid of cows.  It’s them or us, is the way this is put in the National Journal.  This is not some kook, fringe publication.  (interruption)  No.  No.  (interruption)  No.  No, no other animal farts matter.  That’s the point.  Cow farts.

Now, the problem is cows are cattle.  You know, we get milk from cows, too, not just… (interruption)  Yeah.  I guess.  We’re supposed to go to goat milk or chicken milk.  No cheese.  Anything that you get from a cow’s gotta go.  (interruption)  To save the planet.  (interruption) Well, if we’re gonna be able to implement what the UN says we have to do to save the planet.  Let’s go to the audio sound bites.

I mean, this is also being ginned up today, folks, in addition to this propaganda with Obamacare.  This is last night, actually.  This is Brian Williams. I don’t think it was his lead, but it’s over the top.  This is what you would hear a news anchor say in a movie when the aliens land, and here he is reporting about a new report on global warming and climate change.  This is the NBC Nightly News.

WILLIAMS:  The world has never been spoken to quite this way.  We’ve never been warned like this before, all of us, about climate change. Nor have so many countries agreed quite this much on the clear and present danger it represents.  Here is the takeaway: Unless the world changes course quickly and dramatically, the fundamental systems that support human civilization are at risk!

RUSH:  Gee.  Well, it sounds like he bought it all.  I just don’t know if he really does.  Maybe he does.  I don’t know what to think. This is just so much sophistry.  This is beyond description.  It’s genuinely pathetic.  “The world has never been spoken to quite this way.  We’ve never been warned like this before, all of us, about climate change.

Irresponsible Earth Science

RUSH:  You know, this borders on irresponsible, when you get right down to it.  Here’s this guy at Columbia, “I would say, Charlie, December 15th is the last chance to keep that two degrees centigrade.”  What he means is that if we don’t drastically curtail capitalism and freedom and economic progress, ’cause that’s what these guys are talking about, that’s the danger.  The danger is productivity.  The danger is progress.  The danger is growing economies.  If we don’t stop that, Charlie, if we don’t lock in — ’cause what we’ve already done, we’ve guaranteed ourselves that by the end of the century, we’re gonna be two degrees centigrade higher.

MANN:  The Chinese government is actually having a serious discussion about instituting a carbon tax.  They recognize, the Chinese government has recognized the degradation, the damages that the emission of carbon is doing and they recognize that that has to be taken into account in any long-term, coherent, viable energy strategy.  In that sense, they’re way ahead of us because we have a US House of Representatives which has a science committee that is led by politicians who reject the notion that climate change even exists.  And we can’t have a serious discussion about policy as long as we’ve got a Congress or congressional leadership in the House that takes an anti-scientific stance when it comes to issues like climate change.  We’ve gotta move past that.

RUSH:  Have you seen a picture of Shanghai or Beijing lately?  You can’t see anything.  Smog, the pollution.  They’re not cutting back.  These countries, the ChiComs, India, they’re not going to cut back on their economic growth.  And the Third World countries want some economic growth.  They’re not gonna willingly stay poor and riding around on oxen just to keep these pointy-heads happy.

 

 

Political Cartoon: Truth about FaceBook

Political Cartoon:

Truth about FaceBook

Thanks to A.F. Branco at Legal Insurrection.com for his great cartoons

THE FACTS: It’s true that Facebook doesn’t sell your data directly to third parties, but it clearly profits from it. Thanks to user data, Facebook made $40 billion in advertising revenue last year, second only to Google when it comes to the share of the global digital advertising market.

Facebook can make the match internally to select the users to be shown the ads. In this case, Facebook isn’t technically selling data, as it’s all done internally. But without your data, Facebook wouldn’t be able to offer such targeted advertising.

This doesn’t mean data never leaves Facebook. In fact, the latest privacy scandal grew out of the revelation that a Trump-affiliated consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica, managed to get data on tens of millions of Facebook users through an app that was purportedly a research tool. With apps, Facebook isn’t selling data — it’s giving the data to apps for free. (Breitbart)

Concrete Examples of Google, Facebook and Twitter Violating ‘Net Neutrality’