November 3rd, 2014
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Economist Ben Stein believes the White House is playing the race card in an effort to get African-Americans to vote against Republicans.
Speaking to Fox News, Stein called President Barack Obama the most racist president in U.S. history.
“The president is the most racist president there has ever been in America,” Stein said. “He is purposely trying to use race to divide Americans.”
Stein claimed that Obama and other Democrats are trying to portray the GOP as anti-black.
“What the White House is trying to do is racialize all politics and they’re especially trying to tell the African-American voter that the GOP is against letting them have a chance at a good life in this economy, and that’s just a complete lie.”
Stein continued: “I watch with fascination – with incredible fascination – all the stories about how the Democratic politicians, especially Hillary [Clinton], are trying to whip up the African-American vote and say, ‘Oh, the Republicans have policies against black people in terms of the economy.’ But there are no such policies.”
Stein stated it was an “outrageous lie” for Democrats to infer to minorities that the economy is oppressing them.
“The idea that the Republicans are making life difficult for black people is just nonsense, just absolute nonsense,” Stein told Fox News.
November 3rd, 2014
UK Daily Mail
North Carolina election officials repeatedly offered ballots last week to an impostor who arrived at polling places with the names and addresses of 'inactive' voters who hadn't participated in elections for many years.
No fraudulent votes were actually cast: It was the latest undercover video sting from conservative activist James O'Keefe, whose filmmaking résumé reads like a target list of liberal causes.
He famously shuttered ACORN, the community organizing outfit once linked to Barack Obama. He dressed in an Osama bin Laden costume and waded across the Rio Grande from Mexico to America as a show of disdain for U.S. border policy. He videotaped people admitting they sold taxpayer-provided cellphones for drugs, shoes, handbags and spending cash.
Now O'Keefe has strolled into more than 20 voting precincts in Raleigh, Durham and Greensboro, N.C., proffering the names of people who seldom vote in order to test the integrity of the election process. It seems to have failed on a massive scale.
'I just sign this and then I can vote?' he asked one poll worker. 'Yep,' came the reply.
Last week O'Keefe's Project Veritas Action organization took its first deep-dive into North Carolina election politics, filming Democratic campaign workers saying they would help illegal immigrants vote for incumbent Senator Kay Hagan.
This time he strolled into polling places in Raleigh, Durham and Greensboro to see how easy it would be to vote fraudulently in the name of another person. He was offered twenty ballots at a variety of polling places before a pair of officials finally challenged him.
'They wanted to protect the system,' O'Keefe says in the video, released exclusively to MailOnline. 'They had to break the rules to do it.'
'Of all of the undercover investigations I've conducted, this was by far the easiest,'he said Monday.
'They were willing to pass out fraudulently obtained ballots like it was Halloween candy.'
If North Carolina is a hotbed of voter fraud – conservatives suggest it is, and that the dynamic benefits Democrats – the ground rules will change before the 2016 election.
In 2013 Governor Pat McCrory signed a set of sweeping new voting rules into law, including a no-exceptions requirement that voters show a government-issued ID on Election Day.
'The state legislature took extremely aggressive steps to curtail the voting rights of African-Americans,' U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder claimed at the time.
After a lawsuit from the Obama administration and a series of legal appeals, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month that the state is entitled to make voters prove who they are.
That provision of the law won't go into effect until 2016 – other sections, including a ban on same-day voter registration, are in force already – making this go-round the last of its kind in the Tarheel State.
But McCrory's government is already sending Department of Motor Vehicles mobile units into 32 communities this month, two years ahead of time, to provide free IDs to anyone who wants them.
November 2nd, 2014
By Barry Secrest
While Mitt Romney's wealth was a central issue with the media regarding the 2012 election campaign-- in 2014, the media has been oddly silent concerning America's wealthiest elected politicians.
The reason for this wall of silence likely stems from the fact that in some of the most key of races, wealthy Democrats backed by a severely biased media, now find themselves in the most tenuous of positions in 2014.
Foremost among these is NC Senator Kay Hagan, who was ranked as the 41st wealthiest member of the nation's 535 members of Congress, in 2014, with a net worth of over $ 9.12 Million.
Moreover, according to RollCall.com, Hagan's wealth increased by over 13% between 2013 and 2014, and by over 37% since she was elected in 2008. It may be unfair, however, to cast a critical eye in Hagan's direction regarding her wealth, since much of it was achieved through a business/gifting relationship with her father, who is a wealthy land investor from Florida, where Hagan spent much of her formative years.
Oddly enough, while Hagan has railed against the amount of outside-state donations flooding into the NC Senatorial race to the tune of over $ 100 million dollars, the Hagan campaign boasts more donations from out of state donors (57%) than in-state campaign funding, where her opponent, Thom Tillis, has received slightly over $ 1.4 Million in out of state campaign funding, about 39% of his overall donations.
In addition, while Senator Hagan has portrayed herself as being among the most Moderate of Democrat Senators, her voting record with Obama has been in almost total and complete agreement, at 95%, which may leave many prospective voters scratching their heads at her claims of moderation.
In fact, according to the website Crowdpac.com, Hagan is listed as voting with liberal interests at about 87% of the time.
INTEREST GROUP RATINGS from Crowdpac.com
The below chart shows ratings candidate Kay Hagan has recently received from well-known interest groups. The ratings are put on one scale, where 100% is total support and 0% is no support.
- NARAL Pro-Choice America: 100% (pro-abortion)
- National Small Business Association: 100%
- Human Rights Campaign: 100% (Liberal vote advocacy group)
- National Education Association: 100% (anti-traditional teachers' organization)
- NAACP: 89% (anti-Conservative organization)
- Secular Coalition for America: 85% (anti-religion organization)
- Environment America: 75% (anti-Capitalist organization)
- NumbersUSA [Americans for Better Immigration]: 7% (anti-amnesty group)
- Heritage Action for America: 6% (Conservative thinktank)
- FreedomWorks: 5% (Conservative Tea Party Advocacy group)
While Republican Opponent Thom Tillis is holding at nearly even with Hagan, the more remarkable component to the 2014 NC US Senate race might be the fact that Hagan has both collected and spent well over double the amount that Tillis has received and spent in overall campaign funding.
Hagan's total campaign donations have totaled almost $ 23 Million dollars as opposed to Tillis, who has only managed to raise about $ 9 Million in funding, primarily from NC donations.
Indeed, when it comes to campaign funding groups, Hagan has received most of her funding through Lawyers and Legal firms to the tune of almost $ 600,000 dollars, while Tillis' largest group of donors are North Carolina individual Retirees and senior citizens, for a total of about $ 500,000 dollars.
Hagan's influence also seems to capture the attention of pharmaceutical and health industry groups, which donated over $ 435,000 to her re-election efforts, while health professionals are Tillis' primary source, donating over $ 175,000 to Tillis.
According to the American Enterprise Institute, "One of Hagan's first votes in Washington was for President Obama's 2009 stimulus. JDC Manufacturing, a company partly owned by husband Chip, somehow sought and received about $390,000 in stimulus grants and tax credits, Politico reported in September."
That not being enough, Hagan's husband then created a green energy company named "Solardyne," in order to install the solar panels purchased by the stimulus. That not being enough, the Solardyne firm, which later changed its name to "Green State Energy," then hired Hagan's son and son-in-law to install the panels at a labor cost of nearly $ 13,000 dollars.
The elitist favoritism, however, didn't end there because it was only a little later when Hagan's husband became embroiled in a lawsuit where Sen. Hagan actually recommended a Federal appointment for the Judge trying her husband's legal case.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, the appointment request to Obama actually came at about the same time as the Judge found in favor of Mr. Hagan's partially-owned company, called "Hydrodyne." The impetus of the lawsuit sought repayment from a regional public water authority for illegally drawing water out of a river, for a municipality's drinking water, where rights to the water were owned by Hydrodyne.
The Free Beacon report goes on to state that "Murphy's ruling was made on Oct. 23, 2009, just nine days after Sen. Hagan sent the Judge's name to Obama to be nominated for a lifetime seat on the U.S. District Court for Western North Carolina."
The report indicated that Hagan's law firm sought and eventually won the judgment totaling over $2.3 Million dollars from Piedmont Triad Regional Water Authority, the report then states "Hagan withdrew her recommendation to Obama after North Carolina's News and Record contacted her office about the apparent conflict of interest, telling the paper that she "was not aware that Judge Murphy was hearing a case in which my husband had an interest."
When opposition candidate Thom Tillis, recounted Hagan's widely-reported issues, he was almost immediately retaliated against by the Hagan campaign, it was soon reported that a bank which Tillis holds an investment within had also received stimulus funds. According to the Tarheel Daily Report, "Forward N.C. filed a formal complaint with the State Ethics Commission against Tillis for supporting $1.4 million in stimulus tax credits for Aquesta Bank, in which he holds $100,000 of private stock."
It is unclear how Tillis, the NC State House Republican Speaker , could have steered Federal stimulus funds to Aquesta Bank, when funding was controlled almost completely by the Obama Regime.
- "Tillis Voted To Support North Carolina's Use Of Renewable Energy Tax Credits From The Federal Stimulus Bill." [Politico, 9/25/14]
In addition, the Huffington Post published a [somehow] scathing retaliatory story in early October 2014, recounting how Tillis had purchased a small trailer park and then eventually sold the park at a loss of $ 145,000 dollars. The story implies that Tillis was trying to improve the trailer park's value by annexing land into the City of Huntersville which abutted his trailer park. However, the story falls completely apart when we learn that Tillis' trailer park was already in the town of Huntersville.
Tillis does, however, have problems associated with certain Tea Party Organizations in North Carolina, which feel that Tillis will be completely co-opted by establishment Republican Party elements, if he is elected to the US Senate. A cause for concern, to be certain, but only if Hagan is considered a more Conservative voice in the US Senate, than Tillis.
Indeed, the truest and most forgotten version of Thom Tillis can be found in story from the Charlotte Observer dated September 12th 2010 and found in the Conservative Refocus archives:
"The world Tillis and other Republicans are trying to turn around is the General Assembly. Few are more single-minded in that effort than Tillis, the second-ranking House Republican.
Seventeen months ago, the Cornelius businessman quit his job as an IBM management consultant to devote himself full time to the effort. Since then he has worn out a set of tires on his Toyota pickup traveling the state recruiting candidates and helping them hone issues and raise money.
"Very few people have the opportunity to do something that could change the course of history for the state," says Tillis, 50. "This election without question is the most important in North Carolina since the Great Depression."
Some analysts say Republicans - poised for big gains nationally - are well within reach of taking control of the House for the first time in more than a decade, and the Senate for the first time in more than a century.
Democrats say that's premature"...
However, it was actually quite prophetic rather than premature, in that Thom Tillis was one of the primary signatories for the complete takeover of both NC Houses in 2010 by Conservatives, for the first time in over 112 years.
The question for North Carolinians, in the 2014 race, boils very simply down to whether or not individual voters feel that America is on the right track under Obama's leadership via the ongoing support of Sen. Kay Hagan.
If you like where America is currently headed under the Obama regime, then you should vote for Kay Hagan or the Libertarian candidate, Sean Haugh, because a vote for Haugh will most likely benefit Sen. Kay Hagan.
However, if you feel that America must change now in order to survive as originally founded, then you should vote for Thom Tillis, who is easily the more Conservative candidate in the race, among the three.
Folks, it isn't rocket science....although it may seem that way to some.
November 2nd, 2014
'Man wearing a white robe' appears amid flood of 'joy and love,' to people of other faiths.....
By MICHAEL CARL
“I was in the desert alone, lost. As far as the horizon, there was nothing in sight but sand. I felt the sand on my bare feet. Then I saw something extraordinary. In the midst of that barrenness, an immense wooden cross emerged from the earth, rising up with sand spilling from it back to earth.”
So begins a dream narrative posted by Bosnian Muslim teenager Emina Emlonic. A dream about Jesus.
It continues: “I felt then a spectator in my own dream, and the sight of the cross gave me neither fear nor joy. But I was a curious and began moving, almost floating, towards it, the most magnificent … thing I’d ever seen or imagined, and as I came closer to the cross, I suddenly saw a man walking toward me: a broad-shouldered, long-striding man, with a dark complexion, long hair, and wearing a white robe.
“And just as suddenly I ceased to be a witness to my dream. I was in it, walking toward the man walking toward me. I knew him immediately. He was Jesus. Without knowing why, I fell to my knees. He stood over me and touched my face with his right hand.”
Posted at the Catholic Thing website, such accounts of encounters with Jesus through dreams and visions increasingly are being reported, according to Pastor Frank Costenbader, founder of Manifold Hope Ministries, publisher of the Isa Dreams website.
Isa is an Arabic name corresponding to Jesus that is found in the Quran.
“The number of Isa dreams has seemed to grow tremendously since 2000, and in 2005 it seems to have kicked into another gear,” Costenbader said. “There has been an explosion of testimonies on the Web in the past two years about people encountering Jesus in dreams and subsequently becoming followers of Jesus.”
“One night, while I was asleep, I had this horrible dream of me being taken into hell. And what I saw there brought me real fear, and these dreams kept coming to me almost every night. At this point I was really wondering as to why I should be seeing hell in this manner,” he wrote at Answering-Islam.
He said Jesus appeared to him and said: “Son, I am the way, the truth and the life. And if you would give your life to Me, and follow Me, I would save you from the hell that you have seen.
“This came as a surprise to me, for I did not know who this Jesus was. Of course, He is mentioned in the Quran and in the book Surah Mariam. He is stated as one of our prophets, but not as a savior who could save us from hell. So I started looking out for a Christian who could give me some advice about this Jesus I have seen.”
He said he had to reach out to an Egyptian Christian, because Christianity is “totally banned in Saudi Arabia and if a Christian is caught witnessing to a Muslim, [it is] almost sure that he would be beheaded.”
A Thai teenager named Fa reported on Muslims of Thailand she saw Jesus as she walked in a field.
An account of her experience includes: “She found herself in the open field. There was nothing much special in this scenery but she felt peace in her heart, the kind of peace that she has never felt before. It seemed like she has been in this field before and somehow, she knew what was going to happen next.
“And then suddenly there appeared before her a bright light. She didn’t get startled when she saw the figure. It was a man wearing a white robe that seemed to shine. There was so much of joy and love that flooded in her heart when she saw the figure. She immediately knew that Jesus was appearing to her. Then she woke up.”
Not just Muslims
Muslims are not the only ones reporting such remarkable encounters, as Costenbader also describes accounts by Hindus.
He said regardless of the background, a common characteristic of the dreams of Jesus is that they instill a sense of peace.
“That’s far different than the fear-filled system of Islam,” Costenbader said.
Christine Darg, author and co-host of the Jerusalem Channel television program “Exploits Ministry,” agrees it’s an increasingly common development.
“The phenomenon of Muslims coming to a living faith in Jesus is happening every day. This is part of the prophecy of the prophet Joel that in the last days God will pour out his spirit upon all people – sons and daughters will prophesy, young and old men will experience dreams and visions,” Darg said.
Darg, who is also author of the book “Miracles Among Muslims: The Jesus Visions,” says compiling a record of the visions is difficult because of how often it happens.
“There are so many! One former terrorist promised God he would die for him, Jesus spoke to him audibly and said, ‘I’m calling you not to die but to live for me!’ He was surprised,” Darg said.
“While all Christians, from a theological viewpoint, should be willing to lay down our lives for the Lord Jesus Christ who made atonement for us, nevertheless, this message of Jesus to the former terrorist is quite a refreshing reversal to the death-wish mantra of jihadists!” Darg said.
Darg noted some experts say at least a quarter of all Muslim-background believers have experienced some type of supernatural dream or vision about Jesus.
“When I share my faith with Muslims, I often ask them if they’ve had a dream or a vision about Jesus, and usually they answer positively,” she said.
In his research, Costenbader found accounts of “Isa dreams” are not new.
A dream in 1844 led to the conversion of an Indonesian named Paulus-Tosari, who helped begin the first modern movement of Muslims converting to Christ.
He said also that two Jesus visions in 1892 can be directly tied to the founder of the second Muslim movement to Christ in Ethiopia.
November 1st, 2014
Raw Story / By Kira Shaw, University of Sheffield
Children and adults alike are digging out those spooky costumes ready for a celebration. We’ve reached that time of year again: Halloween. October 31 is dedicated to remembering the dead.
We’ve all experienced fear, but Halloween is the particular time of year when we look for that rush that usually accompanies feeling scared. Are you in need of a “scare-specialist” for this year’s Halloween celebrations? Then you need not look further than your very own brain.
Perhaps you’ll be spending Halloween watching A Nightmare on Elm Street with your hands over your eyes? Or maybe you’d rather wander around a haunted house waiting for ghouls and critters to pop out of unseen annexes? Whatever your tastes may be, when faced with such spine-tingling situations your brain enters into fight-or-flight mode. This mode is a primitive survival mechanism in which your body undergoes a stress response to a perceived threat in your surrounding environment.
While this reaction originally developed to help our ancestors circumvent predators in a world filled with danger, it is more common today for us to experience such feelings in response to mental threats. Mental threats are threats which are unlikely to harm us physically, but those which are more likely to cause some psychological distress.
The fight-or-flight response is handled by your amygdala – the part of your brain involved in the experience of emotion. This ancient brain system is an integral part of fear processing, but it is unable to distinguish between a physical or a mental threat. So while sweaty palms and anxiety may make more sense in the presence of a hungry bear, they also manifest in undesirable scenarios such as during job interviews or scary films.
There is plenty of evidence to support the involvement of the amygdala with fear processing. Impressively, when this brain region was completely removed in rats they no longer displayed fearful or avoidance behaviours towards their sworn mortal enemy – the cat.
So when that creepy atmospheric music in your horror movie starts to get louder and louder, and the sudden appearance of the masked murderer makes you jump, this will act as a stimulus which will trigger a signal in your amygdala. In response to a perceived threat, it releases a brain chemical called glutamate, which acts on two other regions of your brain. The first signal is sent deep into the base of the brain, into an area called the mid-brain, which we have little control over. This makes us freeze or involuntarily jump, which isn’t great if you’ve got a box of popcorn in your lap.
The second signal is sent to the hypothalamus, a section of the brain responsible for producing hormones. The hypothalamustriggers our autonomic nervous system – which is how our fight or flight instinct starts to kick in. The heart rate and blood pressure go up, and adrenaline and dopamine (the brain’s “reward hormone”) are pumped throughout the body. This helps our bodies to prepare for deadly combat or for the run of our lives, and it is why you feel such a rush whenever you’re scared.
Why some people like it
Some people actually enjoy these experiences of fear and the accompanying rush more than others. Perhaps you’re one of those individuals who watches terrifying films throughout the year or seeks out extreme sports or risky activities.
There is emerging evidence that our underlying brain chemistry may also be responsible for individual differences in the enjoyment of being afraid. David Zald and colleagues from Vanderbilt University showed that people differed in their chemical responses to thrilling situations.
We know that dopamine is released in response to scary and thrilling situations, but in those who reported enjoying such terrifying situations, their brain lacks a “brake” on the dopamine release and re-uptake in the brain. This means that they experience more pleasure and reward in spooky or risky situations from even higher levels of dopamine in the brain. While some of you may cower at the mere mention of Freddy Krueger, others will feel the bubbles of excitement beginning to brew.
So if you get your kicks from ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night, this is probably why.