August 5th, 2014
Most voters agree with Republicans in Congress that the president does not have the right to change laws without Congress’ approval, but they doubt a House lawsuit will stop him from acting on his own.
The House voted last week to sue President Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority by making changes in the new national health care law after it had been passed by Congress. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 22% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the president should be able to change a law passed by Congress if he thinks the change will make the law work better.
Sixty-three percent (63%) think any changes in a law should be approved first by Congress. Fifteen percent (15%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Forty-five percent (45%) favor the House’s decision to sue the president to stop some of his executive actions on the grounds that they exceed the powers given him by the Constitution. But just as many (44%) oppose the lawsuit. Eleven percent (11%) are undecided.
However, only 30% think it is at least somewhat likely that the lawsuit, even if it is successful, will stop the president from taking executive actions on initiatives he has proposed that Congress refuses to go along with. Fifty-six percent (56%) consider this unlikely. This includes 11% who say the lawsuit is Very Likely to stop the president from acting alone and 21% who say it is Not At All Likely to work.
Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters believe that when it comes to dealing with issues the president considers important to the nation, the government should only do what the president and Congress agree on. Thirty-five percent (35%) think Obama should take action alone if Congress does not approve the initiatives he has proposed.
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 31- August 1, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
When it comes to executive actions he has taken in the White House, a plurality (44%) of voters thinks Obama has been less faithful to the U.S. Constitution than most other presidents. Twenty-two percent (22%) feel Obama has been more faithful to the Constitution than most of his predecessors, while 30% say he has followed the Constitution about the same as other presidents have.
Not surprisingly, 89% of Republicans and 70% of voters not affiliated with either major party think any changes a president wants to make in a law should be approved by Congress first, but just 34% of Democrats agree.
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August 5th, 2014
Special to Conservative Refocus/ "2 Million Bikers to DC"
By Donna M.Williams
The 9/11 Ride
A Personal View
3:30 am in the mountains just outside Christiansburg, Va, a rumble breaks the early morning silence. A single motorcycle carefully makes it's way down the long winding roads towards "civilization" to meet up with others along the way who have also decided to make this journey.
We ride out not exactly knowing what to expect once we get there, but sure in our hearts that it is something we MUST do. We come from all walks of life, all religions, all political sides, yet United - not just by the bikes we ride, but by the need to stand up for those who have risked all, those we have lost, and those who were left behind. We are not just "Bikers"...we are Americans.
What I write here is from my own personal view of the events leading up to this ride for Me. There are an infinite number of people around the globe who can tell you exactly what they were doing that day, where they were, and how they felt...This is my story.
September 11, 2001
Manteo, North Carolina I am 8 1/2 months pregnant with my daughter and had just come home from a part time job at the Dare County Library. As I walk in the door, the television is on and the news is reporting a large explosion at the World Trade Center. What seemed like a simple news story quickly turned into an event that would change this country and its people forever. I felt incredible heartbreak, sadness, fear, and anger all at once. I thought back to when I was a kid growing up several blocks from the area, seeing these two enormous buildings which seemed to reach the heavens...they are now gone.
I thought back to walking down the streets of Manhattan surrounded by, what seemed to a child, like millions of people, surrounded by noise and activity...and now the city is silent. I thought about my hometown for the first 10 years or so of my life and how all of a sudden, in almost the blink of an eye, it has all been changed Forever. The loss of life in this single event was horrendous and my heart broke for each person from the ones who simply tried to get to their job that day, to the many many brave heroes who so desperately tried to help.
This was a tragedy of epic proportions to say the very least. On that one single day, the entire world seemed to stop and grieve. Over the following days, I thought of my daughter who was yet to be born and I worried about the kind of world I would be bringing her up in...
I watched my kids as they learned for the first time in their lives, not only what evil can be done..but what we, as people are capable of during times of crisis. They saw an entire world come together to help, pray, support one another. They saw, in One Single Event, not only the worst of people but the BEST. I saw my two older boys change as well. My oldest son, age 13, who had already wanted to join the local Fire Department as a junior member, became empassioned to make it a lifelong career and he excelled at it..his heart aching for the 343 NYFD brothers that lost their lives.
He also worried about his uncle who worked on Wall St. at the time, and from whom we had heard nothing (thankfully he was safe). I saw my youngest son who was 8 at the time, turn from wanting to be either a stunt double for Stone Cold Steve Austin or a pro football star to wanting to become an american soldier...he wanted to fight the bad guys who did this. I watched, as we all did, as the history of our country was changed...how it impacted every person in the world.
Our soldiers DID NOT create the wars in which they have fought, they don't have that power.
Our government does and unfortunately it is our soldiers who pay the ultimate price.. I could go on and on with facts and figures to support my argument, or rant and rave from an "army mom" point of view, but that is not what this story is about.
Fast Forward- Twelve Years Later- 9/10/21013
I have been sitting as I do around every anniversary of 9/11 thinking about what happened, and how it has affected the world. I have also kept an eye always on things that go on in this country even though I may not speak on very much of it.
I have watched our government basically try to take away our rights and destroy the Constitution; watched as our president tries to force not only his healthcare but also his religion down our throats; watched as an American ambassador and others were left to die because our president didn't want to get involved YET has the audacity to bring us to the brink of a 3rd world war over what Syria does to their OWN people. I watch how many soldiers each day never make it home because they are over in another country defending the decisions of our government.
I watch as the deployment orders come in for soldiers here, including my own son, and I ache. I am filled with an overwhelming desire to DO something...I feel the overwhelming desire to STAND UP and say this is enough! I cannot fill those soldiers boots, I cannot bring the fallen back home, I cannot change the past... but I Damn Well can speak up for our future.
This was not a "religious" thing, not a "democrat/republic" thing, hell not even a "biker" thing....To Me, This was about being an American and standing up. I was asked by someone at the staging area while waiting to ride into DC "Why are you here today?" and this is what I said "To Respect, Honor, and Remember...Those that risk their life (meaning soldiers, first responders, etc), Those that have lost their lives, and Those that have yet to come home (POW/MIA, etc)".. I represented my son in the Army, and my childhood hometown- Manhattan NYC and NYFD/Rescue 1
~And So We Rode as part of 2 Million Bikers To DC~
Related from Conservative Refocus:
August 4th, 2014
By BOB UNRUH
The threat of an electromagnetic pulse event or attack on the United States that could kill tens of millions of people has prompted George Noory, host of “Coast to Coast AM,” the most-listened-to overnight radio program in North America, to launch a campaign to prepare a defense.
“I implore all individual states, the president and members of Congress to immediately develop a plan to protect our power grid,” said Noory. “The preservation of our great nation and the lives of its people are critical.”
WND has reported extensively on the issue and is a partner in the campaign.
“I want to thank WND and Joseph Farah for joining this effort, which is imperative to our future,” Noory said.
The goal is to protect and insulate the U.S. power grid against an EMP event or attack from a solar flare, nuclear weapon or ballistic missile, all of which could endanger the lives of millions of Americans, according to Noory.
The work follows on the heels of a recent report from NASA scientists that Earth narrowly avoided a catastrophic X-class solar flare on July 23, 2012.
According to WND senior staff writer F. Michael Maloof, whose book, “A Nation Forsaken,” addresses the EMP threat, the United States could be turned into a virtual 19th-century agrarian society.
The problem is that an EMP would take out virtually all electronics. The controls that enable gas to be pumped into a vehicle, systems that control underground pipelines, the computers controlling financial systems, the electronics in vehicles, communications, emergency services, law enforcement and much more could all be rendered useless.
Maloof wrote recently:”Under such chaotic conditions, there is no doubt that gangs may begin roaming neighborhoods and more rural locations, and individuals need to be able to protect their families and possessions. It will mean having a firearm as part of families’ survival items.
“People who have experienced the impact of temporarily having no electricity and no means of transportation in times of floods, hurricanes and past natural disasters know what such chaotic conditions are like,” he continued. “In the case of an EMP, people need to place themselves into a 19th-century existence and figure out what they will need in a household, such as a supply of stored food, water and medications on which they may need to survive for weeks, months and possibly years.”
Experts forecast an event could affect some 160 million people, take anywhere from four to 10 years to recover and cost upward of $2 trillion.
Noory’s campaign will feature scientific experts and government leaders on his program, which reaches more than 3 million listeners weekly.
There is a way to protect your electronics in an EMP event, the Faraday bags from the WND Superstore. Also featured there is “A Nation Forsaken,” an emergency radio, a personal water straw to clean water, a how-to guidebook for fleeing danger and a long list of supplies helpful for being self-reliant.
The goal is to inform the public of the vulnerability of America’s electronics-dependent infrastructure and the need to harden the facilities and build protections.
He will seek congressional action.
WND will leverage its reach of 6 million unique visitors each month and more than 40 million page views to support and promote efforts to improve defense capabilities.
“The preservation of our great nation and the lives of its people are critical. It is not a matter of if, but when we will experience an EMP event or attack. We need to be ready now. I want to thank WND and Joseph Farah for joining this effort, which is imperative to our future,” Noory said....
August 4th, 2014
Ironic that Obama has finally found not necessarily a law but a simple ruling that he intends to enforce to the maximum degree.
Apparently, all of the rumors concerning Obama's anti-Christian phobias are becoming more and more believeable....
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First Amendment: Government's assault on religious liberty has hit a new low as the IRS settles with atheists by promising to monitor sermons for mentions of the right to life and traditional marriage.
A lawsuit filed by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) asserted that the Internal Revenue Service ignored complaints about churches' violating their tax-exempt status by routinely promoting political issues, legislation and candidates from the pulpit.
The FFRF has temporarily withdrawn its suit in return for the IRS's agreement to monitor sermons and homilies for proscribed speech that the foundation believes includes things like condemnation of gay marriage and criticism of ObamaCare for its contraceptive mandate.
The irony of this agreement is that it's being enforced by the same Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division of the IRS that was once headed by Lois "Fifth Amendment" Lerner and that openly targeted Tea Party and other conservative groups.
Among the questions that the IRS asked of those targeted groups was the content of their prayers.
Those who objected to the monitoring of what is said and done in mosques for signs of terrorist activity have no problem with this one, though monitoring what's said in houses of worship is a clear violation of the First Amendment. Can you say "chilling effect"?
Congress can make no laws prohibiting the free exercise of religion. So it's not clear where the IRS gets off doing just that by spying on religious leaders lest they comment on issues and activities by government that are contrary to or impose on their religious consciences. Our country was founded by people fleeing this kind of government-monitored and mandated theology last practiced in the Soviet Union.
The FFRF cites as its authority the 1954 Johnson Amendment, which states that tax-exempt groups cannot endorse candidates. A 2009 court ruling determined that the IRS must staff someone to monitor church politicking.
The FFRF claims that the IRS has not adhered to the ruling and that the settlement amounts to enforcing both the Johnson Amendment and the court ruling.
But is the Catholic Church "politicking" when it proclaims its "Fortnight for Freedom" dedicated to opposing ObamaCare's contraceptive mandate and the government's forcing schools and charities it considers an extension of its faith to include it in insurance coverage or face crippling fines?
Are Protestant and evangelical churches "politicking" when they participate in "Pulpit Freedom Sunday" this year on Oct. 5 to encourage congregations to "vote their faith," which they consider to be an exercise of free speech and freedom of religion?
The FFRF says that such events at "rogue churches" have "become an annual occasion for churches to violate the law with impunity." But doesn't the Constitution say that Congress can make no such laws?
Rather than "rogue churches," it's the rogue IRS that needs to be stopped.
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August 4th, 2014
Times of San Diego / POSTED BY
San Diego-based Mapp Biopharmaceutical on Monday identified the drug used to treat two Americans with Ebola as “ZMapp” and said it is working with commercial and government partners to quickly increase production.
“We are in the midst of an intense effort to help address the Ebola outbreak in West Africa,” said Mapp’s president, Larry Zeitlin, in an email message to Times of San Diego.
CNN reported that doses of the drug were flown to Africa last week and apparently saved the lives of two American stricken with the deadly virus.
Mapp said in a statement that ZMapp is composed of three “humanized” monoclonal antibodies manufactured in plants, specifically Nicotiana. It is an optimized cocktail combining the best components from Mapp’s MB-003 and ZMab developed in Canada.
“ZMapp was first identified as a drug candidate in January 2014 and has not yet been evaluated for safety in humans. As such, very little of the drug is currently available,” the company noted. “Mapp and its partners are cooperating with appropriate government agencies to increase production as quickly as possible.”