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Sen. Cruz questions Sierra Club president on climate change

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(ANMNews.com) – Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) gave Sierra Club President Aaron Mair all he could handle as Mair testified before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Tuesday regarding climate change. Cruz repeatedly attempted to get Mair to provide straightforward answers, but Mair often sought help from his staff as he appeared flustered and unprepared for questioning.

Mair was asked by Cruz on why he felt that the topic of climate change should not be open to debate. Cruz who chairs the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts tried to present basic climate facts, but was told the debate is settled.

Cruz: “How do you address the fact that in the last 18 years the satellite data show no demonstrable warming whatsoever?”

Mair: “Sir, I would rely upon the Union of Concerned Scientists, and I would rely upon the evidence, again, of our own NOAA officials, the data are there.”

Cruz: “Is it correct that the satellite data over the last 18 years demonstrate no significant warming?”

Mair: “No.”

Cruz: “How is it incorrect?”

Mair: “Based upon our experts, it’s been refuted long ago, and there is no longer, it’s not up for scientific debate.”

Mair’s answers or lack thereof clearly show that global warming alarmists are not using real-world data, facts, or evidence, instead they rely on surveys and broken computer model forecasts.

“The Pause” continues on, as do the excuses and denials from global warming activists.


DEACON: Disobey – Taking a stand for religious liberty

Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

When Kim Davis was arrested and sent to jail by a federal judge for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses in Kentucky due to her religious beliefs, it made me think of Martin Luther King, Jr’s words in his well known letter from a Birmingham jail. “One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” Civil disobedience has an important place in our republic. The new civil rights movement has begun.

In theory, everyone should be free to do what they want to do. When someone disagrees with something but they are forced into participation, that is when the problem arises. The Kentucky clerk of Rowan County, Kim Davis, was elected to her position prior to the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision, which legalized same-sex marriage all over the country. Her job description was suddenly changed overnight. On this wikipedia chart, it shows prior to Obergefell v. Hodges, gay marriage very rarely won via referendum vote by the people. Before this Supreme Court case, most states where gay marriage was legal, it was due to a federal court decision.

Obergefell v. Hodges legalized gay marriage based on the equal protection phrase of the 14th Amendment. This was one of the Reconstruction Amendments. It handles the citizen rights of former slaves who were recently freed at the time. Following the Civil War, it gave freed slaves equal protection under the law. To use the 14th Amendment to legalize gay marriage is preposterous, especially since two years earlier, Justice Kennedy acknowledged marriage as something for the states to decide. As Justice Scalia said, “The five Justices who compose today’s majority are entirely comfortable concluding that every State violated the Constitution for all of the 135 years between the Fourteenth Amendment’s ratification and Massachusetts’ permitting of same-sex marriages in 2003.”

I never really thought the same-sex marriage issue was actually about helping gay people. Come on, the Left never does anything to help anybody. The long, hundred year progressive plan includes elements of slowly breaking apart the relationship people have with their families and with God. Socialism thrives in an atmosphere where atheism and loneliness rules supreme. Freedom dwells more in the realm of God. At it’s basic tenets, the fight between liberty and tyranny is a clear cut case of good versus evil.

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Kim Davis sat in jail, while the most lawless president in American history Barack Obama, remained free and never even came close to being impeached by the spineless, futile Republican leadership. In interviews, Sen. Ted Cruz questioned why other lawless officials weren’t in jail for disobeying the law. Cruz brought up the Mayor of San Francisco who declared his city a sanctuary city defying immigration laws. American citizens have been murdered by violent illegal aliens because this Mayor is violating the law and the Attorney General of California has allowed the sanctuary city in San Francisco to stand unchallenged.

Government is persecuting Davis for her faith over this lawless judicial decree. Sen. Cruz also reminded us we were founded by people who fled religious oppression, who wanted to worship freely without government getting in the way. The presidential hopeful worried about the premise that Christians can no longer hold public office unless they violate their faith or go to jail.

Ben Carson speaks to the Palm Beach Republican Club in Palm Beach, Fla., on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. (Carline Jean/Sun Sentinel/TNS)

Ben Carson speaks to the Palm Beach Republican Club in Palm Beach, Fla., on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. (Carline Jean/Sun Sentinel/TNS)

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson believes we are still a Judeo-Christian nation whose values are based under those beliefs. He stated that congress should somehow step up to prevent situations similar to Kim Davis from happening in the future. He believes separation of powers exist because when one branch of government makes a mistake such as the Judicial branch, it is up to the other branches to correct the problem. Nobody should be able to force their way of life onto another.

The Supreme Court decision was blatant judicial activism. Leftists try to debate the Davis situation by throwing around the establishment clause of the Constitution. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, OR PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF.” The purpose of “no establishment” was to protect “free exercise.” According to law professor, Rob Natelson, whenever in conflict, the former must yield. Sexual behaviors are not a religion, despite what the militant, rainbow flag waving activists at GLAAD want us to believe. Gay people are less than 2 percent of the American population. This same-sex marriage issue was designed from the beginning to be an assault on the Christian majority and a part of the transformation of America.

Years ago, Justice Black’s opinion with Everson v. Board of Education established the anti-religious precedent which has done so much damage to religious freedom. And of course Black had ulterior motives as a KKK member who was also an anti-Catholic intolerant hateful bigot. The First Amendment was meant to protect religion from government, not to protect government from religion. It’s meant to protect individuals like Kim Davis, not the government body which employs her. The phrase “Separation of Church and state” came from a letter Jefferson wrote, not the Constitution. The statists like to figure out ways to twist language, misinterpret and use the law against the law-abiding. Five justices acted outside the law when they legalized gay marriage. They violated the law. Now, people are asking average citizens to simply obey and “follow the law.” Well, Anthony Kennedy isn’t a king and this is tyranny.

Our framers were men of faith. Many of our monuments and buildings reference God and the Bible. For decades now, our countries court system has abused the First Amendment’s free exercise clause in an attempt to erase this nation’s Christian heritage. As Mark Levin wrote in his book, Men In Black, “The intensive and concerted effort to exclude references to religion or God from public places is an attack on our founding principles. It’s an attempt to bolster a growing reliance on the government—especially the judiciary—as the source of our rights. But if our rights are not unalienable, if they don’t come from a source higher than ourselves, then they’re malleable at the will of the state. This is a prescription for tyranny.” In the same book Levin refers to judicial activists as “radicals in robes.” What a great description.

Even President Lincoln defied a Supreme Court decision with Dred Scott. Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. are two great leaders in our history who have used peaceful disobedience to prove a point. One man, Justice Kennedy, is imposing his desires and beliefs on 300 million people. Justice Scalia even advised people to defy this same-sex marriage law in his dissent because it is unconstitutional. Once again, like Ronald Reagan used to remind us, the federal government is the problem. They have no respect for the 10th Amendment. They have no respect for federalism. Hopefully, more people will begin rising up like Kim Davis did against this runaway federal government flooded with judicial activism.

Marriage is and always has been, first a religious institution, but secondly a state issue. The federal government has no right to involve itself in marriage. The Constitution clearly spells out in plain language what specific powers the federal government has, the states cover everything else. Each individual has unalienable rights which no government can take away. We will begin to see more and more Christians being persecuted in this country. More and more people will begin to take a stand against this iron fisted lawless government which is currently running the United States. The law is being used to violate the Constitution, which is the ultimate law, and the document which protects the people from out of control centralized tyranny.

This line from the Declaration of Independence still holds true today, “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, IT IS THEIR DUTY, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.”

Religious liberty is under attack! We will see this War On God continue as the Left marches forward with its fundamental transformation of America. As conservatives, at times we will need to disobey, to commit civil disobedience and to remind ourselves we are serving a higher power, one who sides with freedom.

Remember what Aristotle once said, “It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.”


DEACON: You can NOT compromise with evil

Less than two weeks before Christmas, on a weekend, while Americans were out buying presents at the mall, attending holiday parties and watching football, like a thief in the night another piece of their country and their freedom was stolen from them. The United States Senate conferred dictatorial power to the President and only 22 senators attempted to stop it. Last month, the American people spoke loudly and clearly at the ballot box issuing the order to their representatives in Washington, that the imperial President Obama must be stopped. Conservatives even held their nose and voted for non-principled establishment Republicans because they knew Barack Obama and Harry Reid must be stopped before further damage was done to our beloved Republic. Under the cover of darkness, the senate passed the 1,600 page omnibus, a $1.1 trillion dollar spending bill, thereby also funding Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty.

The Omnibus bill speeds up amnesty instead of defunding it and it is loaded with various other types of pork. The elite politicians in the beltway bubble continue to spend trillions of dollars which we simply do not have. They are putting coal in our Christmas stockings and our children and grandchildren will one day be handed the tab for this out of control spending. What kind of life will they have if we keep going down this path? Our descendants might have to live in a world with a collapsed dollar, a lost civil society and a lack of liberty. This is a lifestyle no American alive today could imagine. Yet this is what will become of our heirs if we refuse to take a hard stance and begin to strongly resist this tyranny.

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Obama executed this brilliantly as only a master community organizer could. Yes, this one came straight out of Saul Alinksy’s playbook. To be a good community organizer you need to constantly keep the voter distracted from what you are doing. Like a magician, keep them focused on an illusion and they never see how the trick was actually pulled off. Aside from distracting us with a holiday season weekend, we also had celebrity packed racial protests going on in some of our major cities. Obama, Holder and Sharpton have been out race hustling for weeks drumming up anger over the Michael Brown and Eric Garner deaths and subsequent court cases. Then, Obama instructed his Left wing media- branch- of- the- government to do wall to wall coverage of last weekend’s race-baiting rallies, leaving very little discussion of what was really taking place in Washington D.C. Like the famous line in The Wizard Of Oz, “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.” Another trillion dollars of American’s hard earned tax money was stolen from us in plain daylight. And our Constitution was shredded before our very eyes. It went by completely unnoticed to the average citizen. Even the first hour of talk radio Monday morning didn’t mention it. No, they talked about Hollywood movies.

In August of 1965, race riots erupted in the black neighborhood of Watts in Los Angeles, Calif. Columbia University sociologists and statists, Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, became inspired by this event. This led them to write an article entitled “The Weight of The Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty.” It was a runaway success with Left wing radicals. What they wrote about in that article came to be known by activists as the “crisis strategy” or “Cloward-Piven Strategy.” To summarize the strategy: the community organizers needed to start actively filling the welfare roles giving money away to as many people as possible even those who really didn’t need a handout and get them dependent on it. If anyone complains, use their Judeo-Christian morality to make them feel guilty about not caring for the poor. (This comes from Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals “Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.”- in this case the Bible) According to the Cloward- Piven method, at the same time you should stoke racial flames and fan the flames of class envy. The more riots and chaos directed towards the government the better. The more fear in the citizenry, the better. Keep government spending money it doesn’t have, redistributing wealth with the goal of ultimately collapsing the capitalist system and replacing it with socialism. It is clear that Obama’s fundamental transformation of America is partly inspired by Cloward and Piven as we witness much of this going on today.

As the weeks go by and rallies continue in our poor inner cities where rage is brewing and people are screaming “Kill the police,” the one-two punch of Obamacare followed by amnesty might be the last nail in the coffin of the United States of America. With amnesty, millions of new illiterate, unskilled workers will eventually flood the welfare roles as Cloward and Piven instructed. Millions of them will ultimately be given citizenship and they will live in red states turning them blue and voting for Left wing politicians in order to get more free stuff. Buck Sexton said, “Simply put, the best way to avoid accountability to the voters is to change the voters. If you abandon any respect for the Constitution or the political unity of this country, the benefits of amnesty become obvious. Obama, leading the Democrats, made this calculated decision to enlarge their base.” The severity of what Obama has done to this country is irreversible from a federal level. We can see that neither party in Washington has any desire to save our Republic.

Last weekend, two lone souls decided to do the honest and honorable thing, which is to take a stand against this. Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Mike Lee stood up to the Republican leadership and the Democrats and decided to fight for the American people and for the Constitution of the greatest country in the history of the world. Two men decided to do what was right. By the end of the weekend 20 other people stood with them but it wasn’t enough to stop the trillion dollar disaster, not even close. (And sadly 18 of these 22 senators don’t consistently vote conservatively.) When the vote came in I wished all of us had been in Washington with torches and pitchforks. It’s such a helpless feeling day by day to watch your country come unraveled, to sit idly by completely frustrated as the Constitution which is the glue to our civil society dies a little more with each tick of the clock. Someone on twitter said “To all the GOP Senators who voted against Ted Cruz tonight I say: We The People have taken note of your treachery.” I heartily concur with that emotion.

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Over the weekend and first thing Monday morning the usual suspects began to pile on Ted Cruz. The vile self-aggrandizing Washington Post blogger named Jen Rubin regurgitated her weekly anti-conservative talking points. Her comprehension of the Constitution continues to be an insurmountable task. She had a few vicious quotes about Ted Cruz: “Cruz remains the odd man out in the Senate, justifiably hated by his peers.” “The man who has come to define the dysfunction and nastiness voters loathe about Beltway politicians is going to have quite a tough time convincing voters he is the answer to the strife and incompetence of the Obama years.” This isn’t the first time Rubin has attacked Cruz. She is obsessed with the man.

Many people think Jennifer Rubin is a mouthpiece for the GOP establishment. I think she is a straight up Lefty in disguise. She’s all about spending, subsidies and amnesty. In her past she was an extreme Leftist Berkley graduate and Los Angeles labor lawyer for over two decades. Plus, how many Republicans hate Ronald Reagan like she does? I would venture to say very few if any. Reagan saw America as a shining city on a hill. Obama sees it as an evil colonial empire that must be transformed. And bloggers like Rubin remain clueless to all of this.

There is a serious problem in the media even on the so called Republican side of the fence. Everybody in D.C. thinks they are superior to the average American conservative. The politicians and the media in both parties feel this way. Too many people in the DC bubble think they can look down on the rest of us and treat us like gum on the bottom of their shoe. If you want to reach the people, start speaking to them and treating them like human beings with families, feelings and real problems which need to be addressed. Add authenticity to the message. Reach their hearts instead of putting them to sleep.

In Jen Rubin’s latest piece she criticizes Ted Cruz for never compromising. Compromise is not always a virtue Ms. Rubin. You can not compromise with tyranny. Should we be half free? You can not compromise with someone who wants to fundamentally transform the United States of America. You can not compromise with people who hold Marxist beliefs. At some point someone needs to expose it and stop it. Someone needs to stand on principles and respect for the American people and that person is Ted Cruz. Ted Cruz speaks to the people in the heartland. He feels their pain and their sorrow. He hears their voice when nobody else will. He shares their love for the American heritage and the Constitution. He answers their long held prayer that someone will stand up to the people who are hell bent on destroying our country and he knows there is no way we can ever compromise with this evil.