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Stop asking for permission
“You were taught to ask first before acting on an impulse,” author Erick Karjaluoto writes on his personal blog.
“This requirement was important when you were six years old, but it’s holding you back now.”
“Lots of people ask for opportunities,” says Karjaluoto, “but fewer take them.”
I’m impressed by a lot of things in this world.
But the thing I’m most impressed about - is people who do NOT ask for permission to do things that matter.
People who don’t get on their knees and plead and beg and scream and blame the Unholy Monolith when it doesn’t deliver.
They just figure out how to do it. And then… wait for it… they do it.
And by leveraging today’s technology, “doing it,” whatever “it” might be, is easier than ever before.
For example, Karjaluoto goes on…
“Want to write a book? Forget looking for a publisher. Instead, start writing and self-publish. Want to start an online company? Skip looking for venture capital, and start building something that makes money. Want to work in the film industry? Get a camera, and create your own film - even it’s brief.
“While others talk about their plans, you’ll have gained real world feedback from your experiments. And, in having done so, you’ll have something tangible to show for your efforts.
“Our world is centered around the notion of control, and you’ve been conditioned to think that you need approval before you proceed.
“Unfortunately, the wait to get a green light can be awfully long - and you’re running out of time to do what you’re dreaming about. Don’t leave your future in the hands of others; take command of it for yourself.
“You might stumble, but at least you’ll be moving.”
Breathtaking time-lapse shows flowers in bloom
After 9 months and 50,000 shots (only using 5.000 for the final video), David de los Santos Gil has completed his first flower time-lapse and it is breathtaking. Flowers in this video include:
Lillium, hibiscus, carnations, orchids, dandelions, lilies, daisies, alstroemeria, peonies and nigella damask.
Watch the video: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/flowers-in-bloom-timelapse/
Emotional discipline: How to control your impulses and reactions in stressful situations
It’s nearly impossible to avoid stressful situations at your job, but the more you’re able to curb your negative impulses under pressure, the more successful you’ll be at work and in life.
This article outlines different methods that help control impulses before they cause damage.
It’s nearly impossible to completely avoid stress in the workplace. A whopping 83% of workers say they feel stressed-out by their jobs because of pay, unreasonable workloads or annoying coworkers.
Even so, there are simple ways to curb your negative impulses and reduce your risk of causing damage - we'll call it emotional discipline.
Studies show that your level of emotional discipline, or self-control, can predict physical health, substance dependence, personal finances, criminal activity and general life outlook.
The greater your ability to exercise control over your emotional impulses, the more disciplined, productive and successful you’ll be at work and in other life situations.
Practicing self-observation and awareness
The first step in eliminating negative impulses is noticing and recognizing the behavior as it happens. Theoretically, if you’re aware of the feelings and actions that cause a behavior, you’re less likely to act on them in the future.
If possible, identify any triggers that may be causing the impulse problem: Did you get no sleep the night before? Have you not taken any breaks? Does it always happen when your boss mentions a specific assignment?
Then, review your response to discover which indicators will signal to you that you might indulge in your impulse. Does your blood pressure rise? Do you clench your fists? Next time, you’ll notice the warning signs and avoid a potentially embarrassing reaction.
As an added bonus, practicing self-awareness builds emotional intelligence, which differentiates low performers from high performers.
Delaying your impulse / reaction
Once you begin to recognize your impulse triggers, you can start applying impulse control methods like distraction. If you feel the familiar feelings bubbling up, walk away or work on another project for a few minutes.
Often, you’ll find that the distraction of just taking a break and focusing on other, less stressful things will defer your impulse and reduce the risk of you acting out.
Confiding in a trusted friend
If you still feel the impulse lingering, try discussing what bothers you most with someone who can listen or help you find a solution. Sometimes all you need is to say your negative feelings out loud to someone, and you’re less likely to transfer words to action.
Confiding in co-workers may help you feel less burdened and more connected to your work team. If you don’t want to risk having your words repeated around the office, a good friend could offer handy advice based on their own experience.
Rewards and punishment
To reinforce your control over a situation under stress, you may want to implement a system of rewards and punishments for your behavior. In technical terms, this is called operant conditioning, and it’s used to discourage or reinforce negative and positive behaviors.
If you resist your urge to act impulsively, reward yourself with an activity that you find pleasurable. For example, you might reward yourself with taking a break or with a treat of frozen yogurt.
Eliminating emotional triggers
If all else fails, change your environment and stimuli. Think of ways to engineer situations that eliminate as many of your triggers as possible. If your impulsive behavior stems from a certain project, ask for it to be moved to a different person if possible.
If the problem is with a specific person or co-worker, try to opt for projects where you don’t encounter that person. If a certain friend or peer group encourages your behavior, you may want to find a new friend or peer group that reinforces your positive behavior instead.
Americans are sick of the division and disaster Obama has stuck us with!
Thanks to Obama's corruption and lack of leadership, we are more than $18 trillion in debt. Obama provides illegal immigrants more rights and benefits - than our own veterans and citizens.
Obama put gay rights ahead of sovereign national interests. Obama caters to small radical liberal special interest groups, while totally ignoring the rest of the people.
I vote in every election with ID provided... and will be voting Trump 2016!
In case you haven't heard, or you are oblivious to the news of the day... America's 'Debt Limit' is now again the latest fabricated crisis in Washington.
Today is August 28th... and your taxes are still going up... and our country is virtually bankrupt... and going $2 billion dollars deeper in the hole - each and every day. Yet Obama pretends all is well. Obama's debt comes right out of your pocket...
Our nation-state is no model of fiscal responsibility. When Barack Obama took office, the national debt was already an impressive $10 trillion. Today it is $18.5 trillion. The national debt is still growing at a rate of more than $50 million an hour.
Here's Obama's "bull crap" for the week... 08/28/2015
Remember when Obama was labeled "Liar of the Year?" A new poll shows the first word people associate with Hillary Clinton is "Liar!"
"Liberals are liars" ... they just can't help themselves. The 'liar' liberal media leads the way, with 'liar' journalists, phony stories and hidden facts.
Hillary Clinton's email scandal, corruption and cover-up... it's like Watergate on steroids!
That's what Trump said recently about the Hillary Clinton email scandal, "It's like Watergate on steroids!" Nixon's downfall was over eighteen minutes of missing tapes - Clinton deliberately deleted 30,000 classified government documents.
Worse yet - via her unsecured personal server - she exposed highly classified top secret documents to malicious hackers and U.S. foreign enemies. Hillary Clinton and the perception she has “something to hide.” Like Bonnie and Clyde, or a Coke and a smile, the Clintons and scandal go hand in hand.
You’d think by now that Bill and Hillary are so experienced in doing scandal damage control they could open their own crisis communications firm.
So it’s a curious thing to watch Hillary flounder around, unable to craft a plausible explanation of what really happened to her emails, the classified information she apparently received on her personal email account, and her server.
Many of her supporters and allies, now weary of the 6-month old scandal, are concerned that she seems to be mounting a “legalistic defense,” rather than a political narrative.
Others among her supporters are frustrated that she appears to get flustered and “testy” when asked about her emails.
Biomedical doctor reveal shocking suspicion... surrounding the "Harvesting of aborted baby organs"
A biomedical doctor who specializes in adult stem cell research revealed earlier this week that she has long suspected that some aborted fetuses are still alive when their hearts are harvested.
Dr. Theresa Deisher, founder of Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute and AVM Biotechnology, made the claim this week at the same time that a pro-life group released a new video alleging that a brain was harvested from a “late-term male fetus whose heart was still beating.”
Deisher, who vocally opposes embryonic stem cell research and the harvesting of aborted fetal tissue, told The Church Boys podcast on Wednesday...
That she received a phone call four years ago from David Daleiden, the head of the Center for Medical Progress - the group that has released seven videos that purport to show Planned Parenthood selling fetal body parts.
It was then that Daleiden began relying upon Deisher for information about the science behind the harvesting of fetal body parts, though she said that she was not involved with the filming or editing of the video series that has been making headlines.
Listen to Deisher discuss medical ethics and her harvesting suspicions below:
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjxwVuozMnU&list=PLxQVE80h6acx-t349J5ZwYrMErunlHk1W
“I made him aware of how the material was being described,” she told The Church Boys of her discussions with Daleiden. “And most importantly were my suspicions that some of these babies were alive when they were harvested.”
When asked what leads her to believe that babies are alive while harvesting takes place, Deisher cited research that she has read from other scientists, focusing mainly on their claims about the best possible tissue available for procurement.
“Scientists doing research on fetal heart muscle describe the optimal tissue and the procurement parameters, and they state in their papers that gestational age of greater than 20 weeks is optimal,” she said, noting that a child at 22 or 23 weeks gestation could survive and live a normal life. “Fetal gestational age of 20 weeks or beyond is preferable.”
Deisher said that the process, as far as she is concerned, likely wouldn’t be possible if a baby were to be killed in utero and then harvested afterward. She said it likely involves removing the heart, flushing the blood out and cleaning the organ.
“You just can’t do that if the baby has been killed in utero … think of that timing,” she said. “Because of that, I have suspected for years that, in some instances, these babies are alive when they are dissected and harvested.”
Deisher also added her belief that babies so far along in the gestational process are able to feel pain, and said that she does not believe fetal tissue is needed and that there are better, safer and more morally sound methods for conducting medical research.
She suggested animal research and biological computer simulation as more viable alternatives. As for Daleiden’s ability to permeate Planned Parenthood staffers, Deisher said that she was somewhat surprised.
“I think that it speaks to the absolute arrogance of the organization,” she said. “They are so arrogant that either they thought that they were impenetrable, or they believe that they are so powerful that nothing can bring them down.”
What a gentle term the left has given us, “havested”, like so many heads of lettuce or ears of corn. The word is “murdered”. Thou shalt not kill, nor do anything like unto it.
When the morals of a nation goes... so goes the nation.
1 in 8 births in U.S. - are born to illegal immigrants!
Using the words "Anchor babies" isn't a slur - it's reality and it's being abused
Liberals are pushing false and divisive propaganda about the phrase "anchor babies" ... but they're all for killing, dissecting and selling babies. Freaking hypocrite Democrats!
You know what I find offensive? Having to go to work everyday and have a corrupt, evil government take my hard-earned money out of my paycheck to support these illegal alien freeloaders and their ANCHOR BABIES...
So they can vote to perpetuate the SLAVERY MENTALITY - promoted by these short-sighted liberal tyrants.
A fairgoer is silhouetted by the lights of a Ferris wheel at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 16, in Des Moines.
A woman asks riot police for permission to go to her house during a protest against the electoral system in Managua on Aug. 19.
A lobster boat heads out to sea at sunrise, off Kennebunkport, Maine on Aug. 17. Maine fishermen have landed more than 100 million pounds of lobster for four years in a row, by far the highest four-year haul in the state’s history.
Fishermen in northern New England have been catching record numbers of lobsters, but south of Cape Cod, the lobster population has plummeted to the lowest levels ever seen, in a northward shift that scientists attribute in large part to the warming of the ocean.
Smoke rises from the devastated industrial complex in Tianjin, northern China on Aug. 17, days after multiple explosions leveled the the area.
More than 700 people were injured and 95 people — including dozens of firefighters - are missing after a fire and rapid succession of blasts hit a warehouse for hazardous chemicals in a mostly industrial area 75 miles east of Beijing.
Russian President Vladimir Putin sits on board a bathyscaphe as it plunges into the Black sea along the coast of Sevastopol, Crimea on Aug. 18. Putin traveled underwater to see the wreckage of an ancient merchant ship which was found in May.
Soldiers prepare to participate in an Independence Day parade in Bogota, Colombia.
Presidential candidate Donald Trump leaves for lunch after being summoned for jury duty in New York on Aug. 17. The Republican front-runner said last week before a rally in New Hampshire that he would willingly take a break from the campaign trail to answer the summons.
Competitors dive from the Old Mostar Bridge during the sixth stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2015, in Mostar on Aug. 15. Fourteen of the world's best competitors took part in the competition diving from the 88-foot high bridge over the river of Neretva.
Lots of people ask for opportunities, but fewer take them.
The real trouble with reality is that there's no background music.
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” -- Steve Jobs
Children are rejecting the 'healthy school lunches' created by Michelle Obama. What good is a lunch that the children won't eat? One school official stated, "We have the healthiest garbage around!"
Parents spend the first part of our lives teaching us to walk and talk, and the rest of it telling us to sit down and shut up.
The three most important things in life... "Faith, Family and Football."
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz said if elected... on his first day in office...
He would rescind “every single illegal and unconstitutional executive order” signed by President Barack Obama, begin investigating Planned Parenthood, “rip to shreds” the Iranian nuclear deal and order all federal agencies to end religious persecution of Christians - all on his first day in office.
Cruz joked he’d like to see the Internal Revenue Service discontinued - “we need to padlock that building!” - and would take its 90,000 employees and send them to guard the U.S.-Mexico border.
“To our friends in the media, I say that somewhat tongue in cheek,” Cruz clarified. “Imagine you had traveled thousands of miles in the blazing sun. You’re swimming across the Rio Grande. And the first thing you see is 90,000 IRS agents. You’d turn around and go home, too!”
We need the "Fair Tax" ... so we can abolish the IRS
The FairTax is a proposal to reform the federal tax code of the United States. It would replace all federal income taxes (including the alternative minimum tax, corporate income taxes, and capital gains taxes), payroll taxes (including Social Security and Medicare taxes), gift taxes, and estate taxes with a single broad national consumption tax on retail sales.
The legislation would remove the Internal Revenue Service (after three years), and establish Excise Tax and Sales Tax bureaus in the Department of the Treasury. The states are granted the primary authority for the collection of sales tax revenues and the remittance of such revenues to the Treasury.
The gist of the plan is to phase out the IRS over three years, replacing income taxes with a sales tax on new goods and services, excluding necessities, of 23 percent.
This figure is reached by combining the 15% income tax bracket with 7.65% employee payroll taxes, both of which would be eliminated. As to that last, fairtax.org stresses that its plan eliminates the payroll tax, and this is not a insignificant feature.
The effective tax rate for any household would be variable due to the fixed monthly tax rebate that are used to rebate taxes paid on purchases up to the poverty level. The tax would be levied on all U.S. retail sales for personal consumption on new goods and services.
A U.S. / Mexico border wall would deter most illegal immigrants... but our government doesn't even enforce the current laws...
Our own government, laws and social programs are being used against us... by Obama and the corrupt liberal schemers
As long as we give away citizenship to babies born here of illegal immigrants, as long as we have give-away programs for health care and food for illegals, as long as we have free education in their language, as long as we have jobs for them - we will not solve the problem.
All you have to do is ask yourself - if you were in their shoes and all you had to do is climb that wall to get to free healthcare, food, jobs and education / citizenship for your kids - what would you do?
We have immigration laws in this country for two basic reasons: to preserve American jobs and to protect national security. President Barack Obama’s unlawful executive actions to grant amnesty to at least 5 million illegal immigrants violate both of those principles.
Any objective review must find that the president’s policies have placed the concerns of those who have broken our laws - ahead of the interests of citizens and legal residents of the United States.
Illegal immigrants cause of disastrous youth unemployment...
For young people who have graduated high school or dropped out of high school, who are between the ages of 17 and 20, if they happen to be white, the unemployment rate is 33 percent.
If they are Hispanic, the unemployment rate is 36 percent. If they are African-American, the real unemployment rate for young people is 51 percent.
Illegal immigration in America is completely out of control...
Our southern border is wide open, 1 in 8 births are to illegal immigrants - medical services we pay for, 30% of felons in state prisons are illegal immigrants - incarceration we pay for, 200 of America's liberal run cities have been illegally converted to "Illegal Immigrant Sanctuary Cities", illegal immigrants cost U.S. taxpayers $130 billion dollars a year!!!
You can blame the Democrats for putting their corrupt liberal politics ahead of the welfare of America. You can blame the Republicans for putting their corrupt conservative politics ahead of the welfare of America.
Electing Donald Trump would be good for America and the citizens... a deserved punishment to the corrupt and ignorant Democrat and Republican elites.
Trump says he will quit eating Oreo cookies! ... if Nabisco moves their manufacturing plant to Mexico
Trump's calling out Ford and Nabisco for moving their plants to Mexico and deserting America - is a perfect example of the huge advantage that Trump has over is opponents. He can make points like this precisely because he is not beholden to anyone financially.
He can criticize Ford and Nabisco without fear of reprisal. I would wager that a companies the size of Ford and Nabisco have probably given money to most of the major candidates, if not all. They would never say that they are boycotting Ford cars or Oreos.
For thirty years, America's citizens have been deceived by politicians pushing free-trade agreements. They told us these agreements would create jobs. However, the jobs created were all in foreign countries, at the expense of U.S. jobs lost.
Free trade agreements are not about free trade. Just like Obama's 'hope and change' rhetoric turned out to be a smelly pile of excrement. Free trade agreements are about companies paying corrupt politicians, to enact laws and trade agreements, that financially benefit the bribing companies.
Ford will spend $2.5 billion to expand manufacturing in Mexico.
While talking about tariffs that other countries charge U.S. companies, Trump noted that the makers of Oreos recently announced plans to move production from Chicago to Mexico, resulting in a loss of 600 U.S. jobs, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Trade agreements have been bad news for America:
• Between 1993 (before NAFTA took effect) and 2013, the US trade deficit with Mexico and Canada increased from $17.0 billion to $177.2 billion, displacing more than 850,000 US jobs.
• KORUS took effect in March 2012. Between 2011 and 2014, US exports to Korea increased by about $1 billion, but imports have increased by $13 billion, so the trade deficit has increased by nearly $12 billion. This growing trade deficit with Korea has cost more than 75,000 US jobs.
• Between 2001, when China came into the WTO, and 2013 the US trade deficit with China increased $240 billion. These growing trade deficits eliminated 3.2 million US jobs.
• The United States already has a large and growing trade deficit with the 11 other countries in the proposed TPP, which reached $265.1 billion in 2014. In contrast, the United States had a small trade surplus with Mexico in 1993, before NAFTA took effect.
In other words, outsourcing to the TPP countries is a potentially much greater threat than it was under NAFTA with Mexico.
Globalization has already increased wage and income inequality. Me and my colleagues’ research has identified two channels through which trade and globalization have driven down the wages of working Americans.
Since Obama's taking office as president in 2009, the U.S. trade deficit with China has more than doubled. Summary: enormous job losses for America's citizens
First, the growth of trade deficits with China (along with Mexico and other low wage countries) has forced workers out of good-paying jobs with excellent benefits into lower-paying jobs in non-traded (e.g., service) industries.
I have estimated that this resulted in direct wage losses of $37 billion for the 2.7 million workers displaced by China trade in 2011 alone.
Eliminating currency manipulation could reduce the US trade deficit by $200 to $500 billion, adding 2.0 to 4.9 percent to US GDP and creating 2.3 to 5.8 million US jobs, with about 40 percent (900,000 to 2.3 million) of those jobs gained in manufacturing.
Another policy option that could create millions of jobs is to invest in rebuilding America’s crumbling infrastructure. The American Society of Civil Engineers has estimated that we need to invest $3.6 trillion by 2020 to rebuild our aging roads, ports, airports, waste-and drinking-water and other critically need public facilities.
Imagine if Trump fixed the immigration problem and the $130 billion dollar wasted yearly expense - then those wasted billions on illegal immigrants, could be put toward infrastructure projects and American jobs.
"The Power To Persist" is an amazing trait and drive to succeed
This is a Very Inspirational video of a Runner Named Derek Redmond who seriously Injured himself during an Olympic Race. Despite the Agonising Pain and Distortion he Kept on Running.
As he was Limping on the Track an Older man Ran Down and Broke though security to Support him, it was his Father. "If Never Give up in Life you Cant Fail".
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCAwXb9n7EY
"Sunshine Love" ... by LaRoxx Project
Guess everybody has seen this amazing video-mix that includes "LaRoxx Project - Sunshine Love(Zamli Remix)"??
We think it's great and it seems that a lot of other people like it too... One word... Incredible! Thank you for sunshine love!!! This is the best song of my playlist.
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-bnwr54dww
All aboard Chicago's party train
Forget the party bus, or even the disco taxi. If you really want to party in style, you should rent yourself a private party train.
Just give your birthday, wedding (or whatever you’re celebrating) that little extra by inviting all of your friends to come aboard on this awesome party train.
Chicago is one of the latest cities that follows this trend. Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) offers their L Trains for parties outside rush hours.
What is cool about renting a party train is that it takes you all across the city, from one side to another, while sliding between the city’s old buildings. Since these trains are running on elevated rails, this party could literally take you to higher spheres.
As CTA notes on their website, if you rent a train, it’s your party to throw. You’re completely free in decorating the train, getting your favorite DJs, or invite an entire orchestra - almost anything is allowed.
The one exception? You’re not allowed to bring alcohol. But hey, who needs that?
Although not all of us have the money right away, renting your own party train isn’t crazy expensive - prices start around $1,800 and depend on the size and length of the event.
As the trains can accommodate for 35 of your friends, you might wanna think about organizing a joint party in one of these sick trains. If you would decide to do so, there’s a good chance that we would nominate you for one of the best parties of the year.
So, All Aboard Chicago’s Party Train!
My theory outside of the study below... a major factor in lower church attendance of America's youth and their disconnect with God over the past decade, can be blamed on parents. Too many parents have cheated their children, by not exposing them to God, religion and going to church.
In the majority of cases, children grow up with the same morals, ideals and viewpoints of their parents. If a child's parents are religious, God and church on Sundays are important to them, they have no racial bias, and they are good handling finances - then the child will grow up with the same traits.
In other words, most children grow up emulating their parents. The parents set the example of how to live life. If the parent training and examples are positive, the child will thrive and be well-adjusted. If the parents don't deliver, then the child was done a terrible disservice.
New Pew Research study finds America is 8 percent less Christian than in 2007
On Tuesday, Pew Research released a new study finding a radical increase in the number of religiously unaffiliated Americans.
That increase correlated strongly with the decrease in the number of Catholics, mainline Protestants, and evangelical Protestants over the past seven years.
Overall, the number of unaffiliated Americans rose from 16.1 percent of the population in 2007 to 22.8 percent of the population in 2014.
That represents an increase of 19 million Americans. Pew points out that the shift from religion crosses “all regions of the country and many demographic groups.” Young people are becoming more and more irreligious.
The average age of mainline Protestants is now 52, 49 for Catholics, but 36 for religiously unaffiliated Americans. And Americans are switching religions like never before. Pew notes:
If all Protestants were treated as a single religious group, then fully 34% of American adults currently have a religious identity different from the one in which they were raised. … Nearly one-in-five U.S. adults (18%) were raised in a religious faith and now identify with no religion.
In other words - four out of five Americans were not raised with God and faith. Is it any wonder religious participation is declining? Blame parents for this.
A full 39 percent of all marriages in the United States since 2010 were religious intermarriage. Meanwhile, the number of self-identified Christians dropped from 78.4 percent in 2007 to 70.6 percent as of last year.
There has been religious growth in certain areas: Jewish self-identification has risen from 1.7 percent in 2007 to 1.9 percent in 2014; Muslim self-identification more than doubled, from 0.4 percent to 0.9 percent.
So why the massive drop in religious affiliation? The liberal atheist New York Times would have Americans believe that religion has stumbled because of its involvement in politics:
The 'liberal' report does not offer an explanation for the decline of the Christian population, but the low levels of Christian affiliation among the young, well educated and affluent are consistent with prevailing theories for the rise of the unaffiliated, like the politicization of religion by American conservatives.
This is precisely backwards. American conservatives did not politicize religion. American leftists did.
That’s why The New York Times sees fit to run shocked headlines every time Pope Francis reiterates that the Catholic Church remains against same-sex marriage, as has been its position since the time of Jesus.
The Church didn’t change, but the left has politicized issues, like marriage and same-sex marriage, upon which there was once unanimity, and pretended that only religious bigotry could justify any position different than their own.
Religious Americans didn’t start speaking out about abortion because American conservatives hijacked religion. They started speaking out about abortion because American leftists hijacked politics and used those politics to assault religion.
In truth, the decline of American religious practice can be traced not to the intransigence of America’s religious institutions, but to their desperate attempts to “reach out” to young people by forsaking key values.
Values alienate. Behavioral requirements alienate. Talk about sin alienates. Talk about heaven and hell alienates. And so religious institutions decided not to focus on such uncomfortable but eternal truths in order to fill pews.
Major religious institutions across the United States decided that it would be more effective to draw constituents with honey rather than vinegar – forgetting, of course, that religion isn’t either.
Religion is like fine wine: it may taste bitter when it first hits the tongue, but it is rich, sweet, and beautiful when you know what you’re drinking.
Religion without standards is kumbaya happy talk, requiring neither God nor church.
Churches, in an effort to avoid losing government-guaranteed tax-exempt status, stopped speaking out about secular assaults on religious freedom. They stopped speaking against candidates who embraced the murder of the unborn or the corruption of the marital institution via governmental embrace of “alternative family structures.”
Instead, they suggested that church was for barbecues, get-togethers, date nights, and the occasional Psalm-reading session.
Americans quickly realized that the churches had shifted focus from providing eternal truths to providing transient community-building exercises. And they realized that it’s a lot more fun to go to the beach on a Sunday morning than to sit on uncomfortable wooden benches.
They realized the entire family would prefer attending a Dodger game than sitting through a three-hour synagogue service. When religious leaders decided to require less, rather than more, of their constituents, Americans decided religion was worthless.
Religion is about upholding God’s standards. Abandoning those standards means abandoning God. Religion cannot survive as a cultural totem rather than as an embodiment of the word of the Living God.
Which is why Islam is growing in the United States, as well as around the world. Islam requires. It may require behavior many people believe to be wrong, but it requires behavior nonetheless.
People are attracted to behavioral requirements, as secularists well know; that’s why secularists require religious Americans to serve same-sex weddings, require obeisance to scientific nonsense about the malleability of biological gender, and celebrate abortion like a sacrament.
Even atheists and agnostics have a god that requires something of them. Typically, that god is an inflated sense of self-worth spawning both a self-generated morality and an unearned sense of moral superiority.
Religion’s ailments spring from religion itself, just as they always have. Religious affiliation rises and falls regularly in the United States; according to Gallup...
The number of Americans identifying as “none” or “no answer” to questions about religious affiliation ranged from 2 percent in 1951 to 11 percent in 1992, back down to 8 percent in 1998, before spiking from 11 percent in 2004 to 20 percent in 2014.
That last jump is deeply troubling for religious Americans, as well it should be. It should also encourage them not to abandon the faith for which their ancestors stood, and in many cases died...
Without at least fighting for the principles of their faith - rather than feel-good trappings that fill pews for the free food - but empty churches over the course of generations.
Foods that are bad for us
It was founder's day at the Heart institute, a reputed hospital specializing in heart diseases. Dr. Robert Smith had been invited to be the chief guest and to deliver a speech on healthy living.
During his speech, Dr Smith said, "Some of the things that we eat can are bad for us... Aerated drinks corrode our bodies, red meat is dangerous for the heart, Chinese food is full of sodium, our drinking water has bacteria, high fat foods are bad over a period of time.
However, there is one food that we have all relished and which can cause the highest level of damage to our being. Can anyone seated here tell me what is that food, which can cause anguish and misery for years after eating it?
There was silence in the audience, when a mature gentleman slowly raised his hand and replied, "Wedding cake."
Donald Trump had an interview with CNN in the lobby of the Trump Tower Hotel this week, and apparently someone yelled, "You'll never win the Latino vote." And then immediately, Trump had the guy deported over to La Quinta Hotel. -- Jimmy Fallon
Trump just gave a big interview to the Hollywood Reporter. And when he was asked what actor he’d want to play him in a movie, he said, “Somebody really, really handsome.” Then he said, “OK, I'll do it! I talked me into it!" -- Jimmy Fallon
The Cadillac Escalade EXT is the most popular car driven in New York. Partly because they're stylish, but mostly because New Yorkers like to have a place to stretch out when they leave their apartments. -- Jimmy Fallon
Today, Hillary Clinton released an ad that emphasized her humble economic background. In the ad she says, "Just 15 years ago, my family and I were evicted from our house." -- Conan O’Brien
A 108-year-old message in a bottle washed up on a beach in Europe. Actually, it wasn't a message, it was Larry King's to-do list. -- Conan O’Brien
Donald Trump had a rally at a football stadium in Mobile, Alabama, after planning to have it in a hotel ballroom. It got too big for the ballroom, so they moved it to the convention center. It got too big for the convention center, so they moved it to a football stadium. Apparently the strategy of saying whatever crazy thing pops into your head is really paying off for him. -- Jimmy Kimmel
The New York Times is reporting that next week the L.A. County Sheriff's Department will present evidence to prosecute Caitlyn Jenner for her role in a fatal car accident that happened in Malibu earlier this year. Which I have to say is crazy. Caitlyn Jenner had nothing to do with that. Bruce Jenner is the one that was in that accident. -- Jimmy Kimmel
According to a new survey, 17 percent of adult smartphone owners use auto-deleting apps like Snapchat and Wickr. “Yeah, uh, that’s what happened!” said Hillary Clinton. -- Seth Meyers
CNN's newest polls show that Donald Trump is leading Hillary Clinton in Florida. It’s scary, because if that could happen in Florida, it could also happen in the United States. -- Seth Meyers
A man was arrested at Denver International Airport yesterday for running onto the tarmac to try and stop a plane after he missed his flight on the way to his high school reunion. He was heard screaming after the plane, “But I lost all the weight!” -- Seth Meyers
Jorge Ramos of Univision is not a respected journalist - he's a radical extremist liberal activist. He's a far-left Obama operative. He's anti-American!
And we just found out... his daughter works for Hillary Clinton!
His only goal is to protect illegal immigrants and to promote false liberal propaganda. He doesn't care about America. His goal is to swamp America with illegal immigrants.
Ramos is from Mexico, but he left. Now he's in America, complaining that things aren't fair? Why doesn't he criticize the Mexican government? The man is a fraud and a selfish agitator.
Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos rudely attacks Trump at a news conference... Then he and the liberal media try to falsely blame Trump... typical liberal false propaganda
Ramos was a rude and unprofessional activist (not journalist), and like a spoiled child when told to stop trying to interrupt adults when they're speaking, he continued to be disruptive and disrespectful, then had to be escorted out.
Jorge Ramos runs his program like a member of the MSNBC crew. He is not looking out for America, he is looking out for the interests of the people that put money in his pocket.
Ramos is an activist plant. He's a complete idiot. I've listened to him try to get the better of many like O'Reilly and Ann Coulter and he fails miserably. Not very bright... but is determined like La Raza and other radicals to erase our southern border.
Trump is showing the world how these cretins should be treated - he dismisses them when they are rude and out of bounds. When he came back, he showed more respect but still used same aggressive tactics. Trump had him for lunch.
For those that don't know Jorge Ramos, he is a radical activist fighting for the Hispanic cause at the expense of America and American values. He is abrasive, rude ... over-speaking those he debates with and preys on the heart-strings of Americans in not regulating illegals.
Unless America gets tough, as Trump purports, America will continue to lose control of our country and all the dead weight, (i.e. those receiving more from the government than they pay into it), will bring us to our knees.
The Immigration mafia and its politicians cannot afford to allow immigration to be rationally discussed as a campaign issue. It has to be smeared with posturing, biased media, shouting provocateurs, and lies.
The absolute key to de facto open borders is that immigration never be perceived and discussed through the lens of the American people's particular interests.
But the people born and living here don't even object when their own "leaders" betray them by telling them we're a "nation of immigrants."
Obama and the liberals have caused an immigrant apocalypse. America the host country is intentionally being overwhelmed with the cost of supporting a never ending flow of illegal immigrants. The liberal media is lying to you.
Univision's Jorge Ramos is part of the radical liberal scam on America. Ramos falsely reports every night, about how badly America treats illegal immigrants. Ramos talks and confers daily with the Obama regime, on how to overwhelm and overthrow the U.S.
I give the "Trump Bulldog" credit were credit is due. At least he has the balls to stand up and talk about real issues that are affecting not only the crime rate in this country, but it even affects health insurance for all the illegals that are here.
Go get em Donald!!!!!! I back you for being a "Real Man" with some balls and not afraid to say it like it really is. Your backing is getting bigger and bigger every day.
You are the "Breath of Fresh Air" that this country needs to address the real issues that are dragging our wonderful country down. You have my vote !!!!!!
Trump posted Jorge Ramos' cellphone number on Instagram! Call Jorge and and tell him to go back to Mexico!
Trump widens his lead over U.S. Republican field... and the political pundits are proved wrong again
Republican Donald Trump is pulling away from the pack in the race for the party's U.S. presidential nomination, widening his lead over his closest rivals in the past week, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Friday.
Republican voters show no signs they are growing weary of the brash real estate mogul, who has dominated political headlines and the 17-strong Republican presidential field with his tough talk about immigration and insults directed at his political rivals.
The candidates are vying to be nominated to represent their party in the November 2016 general election.
Nearly 32 percent of Republicans surveyed online said they backed Trump, up from 24 percent a week earlier, the opinion poll found. Trump had nearly double the support of his closest competitor, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who got 16 percent. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson was third at 8 percent.
Even when Trump was pitted directly in the poll against just his top two competitors, 44 percent backed him. Bush won about 29 percent of respondents, and Carson 25 percent.
America is actually a giant business enterprise - that has been run poorly as such for many years.
Establishment politicians only want to view it as a large piggy bank at their disposal, without having the slightest idea how to run or manage the business itself.
They have been more than happy to plunder the country and spend it's wealth on non-income producing items such as welfare, wars, subsidies, foreign aid, etc. - to the point of putting us in debt that is almost impossible to ever pay off...
The nation's debt currently stands at over $18 trillion and rising. $7 trillion of that debt has been incurred just since Obama took office.
It's about time America was viewed as the business enterprise that it is and have somebody who knows how to run one of the largest businesses on earth and put us back into a financially responsible position...
Trump is the best person for that job and possesses all of the skills necessary to run this country efficiently and put us back on the right path to fiscal responsibility and prosperity... GO TRUMP!!!
The middle class in America like Trump... and when he is elected, he will fix things and make America great again!
I never thought that I would see the day when a presidential candidate would finally come along... who could and would both defy and expose the Democrat and Republican parties con game.
Every media outlet and pundit has taken shots at Trump with dishonest rhetoric and propaganda. They have tried everything and it has all been out of the far-left hand book of name-calling, lies and division.
America is speaking out for the first time in my life and the political parties and pundits are MIA.
To all the false propaganda liberal and conservative media, political hacks and pundits - let me give you truth. The middle-class of this country are speaking and speaking out loud.
In my lifetime I have never seen anything like what is going on with Trump - and yet you in the media blindly continue with your insane rhetoric and propaganda.
It is truly unbelievable. I’m starting to think you are worried that Trump will win the presidential election, get in there and start fixing things. This will be great for the country but bad for political schemers, because you won’t have anything to complain about.
I find myself going to Breitbart (which I never did much before) a lot more these past few months. Funny how Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity et al “get it” - but nobody else in the corrupt media get it.
The world's first sky-pool is ten stories up, completely see-through and utterly stomach-churning
Our main question is: Who will have the nerve to swim in it?
At Embassy Gardens, a 2,000-unit luxury complex next to the new U.S. Embassy in London's Nine Elms district, residents will be able to swim from one building to another in a clear swimming pool bridging the main entrance, 10 stories in the air.
The water will be about 4 feet deep; the pool itself will be 90 feet long by 19 feet wide by almost 10 feet deep, according to Homes & Property in the U.K., built of 8-inch-thick sheets of glassOne real estate agent to the rich doesn't think it's such a hot idea.
In fact, he tells the Guardian it's "genuinely crackers":
“It’s not easy to say for sure what the extras like pools, tennis courts and home cinemas add to a home, but for the first time I can honestly say that whilst my admiration for the architect is close to reverence, this absurd addition must surely be the biggest mistake I have ever come across.”
The agent, Henry Pryor, wondered, "Are there enough exhibitionists to fill it?"
The fellow who dreamed up the pool, developer Sean Mulryan, said in a news release that his vision "stemmed from a desire to push the boundaries in the capability of construction and engineering. I wanted to do something that had never been done before.
The experience of the pool will be truly unique, it will feel like floating through the air in central London."
Oil cost is way down... gas not so much?
Oil’s plummeted 60% since last year, from around $100 to $38 in change. So naturally, the price of gasoline has also fallen off a cliff, dropping a whopping 26% over the same period.
Wait… what? “Only 26%?” shrieks a figurative reader. “If oil has dropped 60%, shouldn’t gas prices have dropped much further than they have?”
You would think.
After all, gasoline is refined from oil. When oil trades lower, gasoline should follow in tandem. Right? So who - or what - is responsible for today’s high gas prices compared with oil? Good old-fashioned supply and demand. That’s the reason gasoline is much higher than it should be.
The biggest reason gasoline hasn’t declined as much as oil is because demand for gasoline remains strong. The U.S. economy is slowly recovering, and that means Americans are driving more miles.
That means they’re buying more gasoline - and that demand is keeping the price higher - despite lower oil prices.
Meanwhile, there’s a glut of oil right now keeping oil prices down. So if you’ve had a sneaking suspicion you’ve been getting robbed at the gas pump, you’re right. You’re still paying a lot more per gallon compared with the cost of producing that gallon.
So much oil, so little storage capacity… the real issue is the lack of storage capacity: A huge increase in oil production around the world has led to a supply glut. But there’s literally no place to put all of this oil!
The storage tanks are filled to capacity. The amount of oil stored in the U.S. recently hit a peak of 470 million barrels - the highest level in more than 80 years!
It’s easy to see why oil is so cheap these days. U.S. oil production went bananas due to the fracking boom. And increased Saudi oil production to undercut U.S. frackers only added to the bounty.
But there’s only so much storage capacity to contain it all. And more importantly, there are only so many refineries to convert all that oil to gasoline...
The refiners are sitting in the “catbird seat” these days. The reason’s simple. Oil’s down 60%. But gas prices are only down around 26%.
That means the refiners can buy oil at a steep discount, do some sorcery to turn it into gasoline and sell that gasoline for a much higher relative price.
It’s like buying a barrel of oil, putting it through the wringer and then selling it for over twice as much. Good work if you can get it.
Think about that for a second. Refiners are enjoying a 60% decline in the cost of oil, and they have had to take only a 26% haircut on their gasoline sales.
With the price of oil dropping significantly more than the price of gasoline, refiners are enjoying wider profit margins on every gallon of gas produced.
No wonder the refiners are sitting in the catbird seat. They’ve got rocketing demand for their product coupled with mile-wide profit margins on every sale they make.
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Get tough on pain
The other day, a new patient came to my office. I could see from the way he walked that he was in pain. He was so stiff he could hardly climb up on the exam table.
But when I asked him how long he had been in pain, he laughed.
"Feels like forever," he said. "But that's not why I'm here. Nothing works for this pain. Believe me, Doc, I've tried."
Chronic pain can be downright unbearable at times. But I still see many people like my new patient trying to tough it out. They've given up on ever finding safe and effective relief.
I understand what they're going through. I have lingering arm pain from an old gymnastics injury. Since the 1990s, I've kept a close eye on every pain relief formula to hit the market.
But drugs like Advil, Aleve, Motrin and Celebrex can have awful side-effects. They cause stomach bleeding, heart palpitations, anemia, blurred vision and migraines. That's why I don't use these drugs myself. And I absolutely don't recommend them to my patients.
Instead, I help my patients relieve pain and stiffness with effective, fast, natural and SAFE therapies.
Most doctors haven't even heard of many of these remedies – but that hasn't stopped me.
Take MSM, for example. That's short for methylsulfonylmethane. It sounds like a drug, but it is completely natural.
In your body, MSM provides the mineral sulfur. You need sulfur to build skin, hair, cartilage, ligaments and tendons. The sulfur in MSM also helps heal and repair injured, overused or damaged joint tissues. And it relieves joint and muscle pain.
In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, 118 people with knee pain tried four different treatments. After 12 weeks, MSM decreased pain 52% compared with a placebo. And when it was combined with the amino sugar, glucosamine, it decreased pain by 79%.
In another study, doctors gave patients with sports injuries either MSM or a placebo. MSM reduced symptoms by 58.3%, compared with just 33.3% for the placebo. MSM also reduced the need for doctor visits by 40% and reduced disability time.
You can get MSM naturally from foods, such as milk, eggs, meat and seafood. The best sources are sulfur-rich vegetables, like onions, garlic, asparagus, cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. But you probably won't get enough from food.
Modern farming practices have depleted our soil of sulfur. So vegetables don't contain as much as they once did. In addition, cooking and processing robs foods of MSM.
Fortunately, you can take MSM supplements. I recommend 900 mg to 1,000 mg three times a day.
You can also apply MSM directly to painful areas.
How the U.S. 13th and 14th Amendments empower Congress to end birthright citizenship
If an illegal alien has a child on American soil, the Constitution does not require the child be granted American citizenship.
Congress can give citizenship to anyone it wants, but the Fourteenth Amendment only commands citizenship to persons born on U.S. soil - to parents who are not citizens of a foreign country.
Progressives always have a self-serving twisted way of warping what all the Amendments mean, without even referencing the Federalist papers that settled the arguments.
I hope this interpretation of the 14th amendment can wind its way through the court system, but I doubt that it will, due to the vast amount of Clinton/Obama appointees who will kill it in the name of social justice.
Finally a Breitbart story on the meaning and reach of the 14th Amendment.
I've been telling my Congressman and many others that the answer to the immigration calamity is to repeal the Immigration Act of 1965, and get back to the immigration mechanics of the 1920s.
I am sending this story to my Congressman and Senators.
Part of the chaos on America’s southern border is driven by illegal aliens seeking to have “anchor babies.” Under the current Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), if an illegal alien has a baby on U.S. soil, that baby is an American citizen.
Since all citizens have a right to be here, the illegal adult then cites the need to keep families together as justifying the parents’ staying in the U.S. for the rest of their lives, and “family reunification” is cited as grounds for bringing the rest of the family to the United States.
However, Congress could change that law any time, because it goes far beyond what the Constitution commands.
Section One of the Fourteenth Amendment begins, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”
While many erroneously claim that the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees citizenship to anyone born on American soil, the reality is that is not the law and has never been the law.
Current immigration law - found at 8 U.S.C. § 1401(a) - Specifies that a baby born on American soil to (1) a foreign ambassador, (2) head of state, or (3) foreign military prisoner is not an American citizen.
But if the view promoted by the Left that citizenship is automatic (and parroted by many in the middle and even on the Right who have not seriously studied the issue) is correct, then those three exceptions would be unconstitutional.
The debate over birthright citizenship turns on what the Citizenship Clause means by the words “and subject to the jurisdiction thereof.”
Every provision of the Constitution has a fixed meaning.
Because only “We the People” can adopt a constitutional provision - all 27 amendments in the Constitution were proposed by two-thirds of the House and Senate...
Then ratified by three-fourths of the states - the only legitimate way to interpret the Constitution is in accordance with the original meaning of those terms.
So the question becomes: What was the meaning of the Jurisdiction Clause in 1868 when the Fourteenth Amendment was ratified?
One of the best tools for determining that is looking at the Civil Rights Act of 1866, enacted the same year that the Fourteenth Amendment was written by Congress.
As anyone who has seen the award-winning (and historically accurate) movie Lincoln understands, the Thirteenth Amendment - which ended slavery -
Barely passed Congress because many Democrats supported slavery...
And it was only through the political genius and unwavering resolve of Republican President Abraham Lincoln that the Great Emancipator succeeded in getting the proposed amendment through Congress and to the states for ratification.
As my coauthor Ken Blackwell and I explain in more detail in our 2011 book Resurgent, the Civil Rights Act was first enacted by citing Section Two of the Thirteenth Amendment, which authorized Congress to implement the amendment through appropriate legislation.
The Civil Rights Act included a provision to define American citizenship to secure it for former slaves.
It read, “All persons born in the United States, "and not subject to any foreign power", excluding Indians not taxed, are hereby declared to be citizens of the United States.”
But some supporters of racial equality were concerned that the Thirteenth Amendment didn’t authorize legislation that went beyond eliminating various aspects of slavery and even voted against the bill because they regarded it as unconstitutional.
Led by one of the best constitutional lawyers in Congress, Rep. John Bingham (R-OH), they wrote what would be ratified in 1868 as the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, including the Citizenship Clause and its Jurisdiction Clause.
The movie Lincoln vividly portrays the political environment in 1865, illustrating why more expansive language - such as for citizenship, due process, equal protection, or voting rights - would have doomed the Thirteenth Amendment.
All those had to wait for the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments.
Conventional wisdom says that the Fourteenth Amendment’s “subject to the jurisdiction thereof” ...
Excludes from citizenship those who have diplomatic immunity or who are agents of a foreign country, explaining the three exemptions in federal law (ambassadors, heads of state, and foreign soldiers).
But the Civil Rights Act’s parallel language, “and not subject to any foreign power,” instead shows the Jurisdiction Clause excludes all citizens of any foreign country.
The Citizenship Clause was intended to overrule the most infamous Supreme Court case in American history - the 1857 Dred Scott case - and ensure free blacks born in America could not be denied citizenship.
It was never designed to make a citizen of every child born to a foreigner.
The Supreme Court expressly took note of this originating language of the Civil Rights Act in the 1884 case Elk v. Wilkins.
The Court acknowledged that Section One of the Fourteenth Amendment was condensed and rephrased from the Civil Rights Act and therefore that courts can look to that federal statute to resolve ambiguities in the meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment.
This came up again in the 1898 case U.S. v. Wong Kim Ark, when the federal government attempted to deny permanent residence to an American citizen born to two Chinese non-citizens.
The Supreme Court held that the Citizenship Clause guaranteed citizenship for “all children here born of resident aliens.”
While that decision is incorrect in light of the Civil Rights Act, even Wong Kim Ark nonetheless would not secure citizenship for the children of illegal aliens.
The only Supreme Court support for birthright citizenship is Plyler v. Doe, a 5-to-4 Supreme Court decision written by ultra-liberal Justice William Brennan...
Which claimed that “no plausible distinction with respect to Fourteenth Amendment ‘jurisdiction’ can be drawn between resident aliens whose entry into the United States was lawful, and resident aliens whose entry was unlawful.”
In that case, the Supreme Court held that states were required to pay for the public school education of children of illegal aliens.
Conservative and moderate justices dissented from Plyler. It was wrongly decided and poorly reasoned and should be overruled.
While some conservative lawyers believe the Fourteenth Amendment requires birthright citizenship, many conservative giants like Ronald Reagan’s Attorney General Ed Meese support the originalist interpretation of the Jurisdiction Clause part of the Citizenship Clause.
Leading conservative scholars like Professor John Eastman - a former law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas - agree.
Even some who flatly reject conservatism agree. One example is Judge Richard Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Although a Reagan appointee, Posner’s hallmark is making decisions in accordance with what he regards as producing good public policy outcomes, rather than strictly following the clear meaning of the words in the law.
On this topic, Posner wrote in 2003 in Ofoji v. Ashcroft:
We should not be encouraging foreigners to come to the United States solely to enable them to confer U.S. citizenship on their future children. But the way to stop that abuse of hospitality is to remove the incentive by changing the rule on citizenship…
A constitutional amendment may be required to change the rule whereby birth in this country automatically confers U.S. citizenship, but I doubt it…
The purpose of the rule was to grant citizenship to the recently freed slaves, and the exception for children of foreign diplomats and heads of state shows that Congress did not read the citizenship clause of the Fourteenth Amendment literally.
Congress would not be flouting the Constitution if it amended the Immigration and Nationality Act to put an end to the nonsense.
If a constitutional conservative Republican wins the White House, and Republicans control both the House and Senate, then as part of finally dealing with immigration Congress could enact this change.
First must be a statute that effectively secures the border. A second statute should address citizenship. Then a third could be a statute creating a broad and generous guest-worker program.
Each bill would save the United States billions of dollars per year.
Consequently, each could be passed in the Senate through what is called “reconciliation,” and therefore could not be filibustered and instead passed with 51 votes. With 218 House members, 50 senators (plus the vice president), and a willing president, all this could become law in 2017.
Congress could specify that children of illegal aliens are not citizens or could go more broadly to include some or all legal temporary residents.
It would certainly help garner conservative votes for follow-up legislation for a broad guest worker program if federal law specified that any children born to those guest workers would not be citizens and thus not anchor babies.
Such a law would provoke a lawsuit from parents of a child who does not receive citizenship due to the new law. It is not certain how the Supreme Court would rule on this question today, especially since it may require overruling Plyler.
But there is a good chance it would succeed, and given how far out of control the border is, many would argue we must try everything possible.
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Evil funder of liberal schemes... liberal communist extremist George Soros
Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is making the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch the face of a "corrupted" political and economic system. Scumball Democrat Harry Reid used to frequently give boring speeches about the Koch Brothers too.
Democrats have their own billionaire liberal benefactor - Billionaire hedge-fund manager and liberal political operative George Soros once called coal “lethal” to Earth’s climate while apparently trying to profit from the industry’s once-vast wealth.
Soros has been a longtime financial contributor to liberal candidates and causes, including advocating for no longer using fossil fuels and transitioning to using only renewable energy, like wind and solar. The Guardian reported that at one point, Soros even referred to coal as “lethal” to the planet.
But as stocks from at least two coal companies have fallen, perhaps partly as a result of Soros’ own influence, the billionaire investor’s money is now contradicting his words.
Soros purchased one million shares in the St. Louis-based coal company Peabody Energy and another 500,000 shares in Arch Coal, two investments that would have cost him a lot more money just a few years ago.
Soros... just another low-life liberal hypocrite. Soros corrupt funding was a big factor on Obama's election and reelection. So Soros pulls the Obama strings anytime he wants something.
Soros aids hundreds of left-wing groups in America each year under the auspices of his Open Society Foundations. Overall, he has given more than $8 billion to those foundations since they first started in 1993, as an outgrowth of his “open society”.
5 mega-donors nearly as dangerous as Soros
Five top donors – Michael Bloomberg, Warren Buffett, Pierre Omidyar, Tom Steyer and George Soros’s own son, Jonathan – are major funders of the left. Together, they have contributed at least $2.7 billion since 2000 to groups pushing abortion, gun control, climate change alarmism and liberal candidates.
That’s not how major media depicted them. Broadcast networks applauded when billionaire hedge fund manager Tom Steyer promised $100 million to influence environmental policy. CBS News praised Steyer for “giving back” and ABC News called the billionaire an “everyman.”
And those are just some of the so called "American" Donors. How about the list of liberal foreign Donors to the New World Order (NWO) agenda? As you've heard, tens of billions of dollars have been secretly donated to the Clinton Foundation.
Glenn Beck laughs uncontrollably on CNN over Joe Biden running for 2016 president
The prospect of Joe Biden running for president befuddled Glenn Beck on CNN tonight and brought him to uncontrollable laughter. Don Lemon asked Beck about the prospect of Biden running for president. Beck rolled his eyes and said “Really?!” several times.
He found himself at a loss for words and, despite Lemon pointing to Biden’s track record, said a President Biden would be “the laughingstock of the world.”
Before they could move on, Beck just burst out laughing at the whole idea. Even Don Lemon couldn't hide his own amusement and smirk about Biden running... commenting "I'm not saying I would vote for him?"
Biden has been consistently wrong on every foreign affairs position he took for 30 years in the Senate. One day Obama comes along and all of a sudden Biden becomes a foreign policy genius. CNN is just unbelievable.
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gebRbyFr4P8
Back in 1972, liberals dumped 2 million tires off Fort Lauderdale Beach... now we're spending $1.5 million to remove failed reef
There's an effort underway to remove thousands of tires from the ocean floor off Broward's coast, but not everyone is on board with the amount of money being sunk into the project.
In 1972, with the Goodyear Blimp overhead, a plan to dump up to two million old tires off the coast of Fort Lauderdale was launched. The idea? The tires would become the foundation of an artificial reef.
The reality? A big mess. No permanent habitat formed. The strapping used to hold the tires together broke. That left some 700,000 tires floating free, and a big environmental problem.
Pat Quinn, Broward County Environmental Protection: "They are damaging the reef, yes. Imagine, if you drop a tire on your front yard, pick it up a week later and look at what the grass is going to look like underneath the tire."
Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca: "We can't go back, but I'd love to meet the 'liberal' environmental scientist who thought this was a good idea."
Cleaning up a bad idea has not been easy - or cheap. Military divers removed roughly 72,000 tires years ago. And now, an even more ambitious plan.
Rocco Galletta, Industrial Divers Corp.: "Our goal is to remove 90,000 tires in the first two years."
We traveled a mile off the beach for an up close look at the project. The state has hired Industrial Divers, a local company to do the job. It's being paid more than $15 per tire for a total of more than $1.5 million.
The company says, it is public money absolutely well spent.
Rocco Galletta: "We're doing this job for the state of Florida, using the Florida DEP's money, in a very efficient way. If anybody can do this job for less money, we would back out."
But an environmental activist and longtime critic of the way the government has handled the tire situation says paying a company per tire will leave too many remaining on the ocean floor.
David Pressler: "It's a flaw, it's a flaw. You're leaving 600,000 tires in the ocean. It should have been, a minimum amount of tires removed annually, 350,000."
But there is no disagreement that the tires need to go.
Pat Quinn: "It's definitely a severe environmental problem that we have."
A county environmental expert says that, while the small barge may not be the most efficient way to haul in the most tires, the goal is not to damage the coral reef by anchoring a larger vessel in the area.
Pat Quinn: "At this point, there's no other way that we've come up that's really economically feasible and environmentally sensitive enough to pull the tires up, other than really doing it with divers by hand."
So by hand it is, 70 feet below the surface. A diver ties the tires together before a crane lifts them out of the water and onto the barge. They are then brought to Port Everglades, transferred to a truck and driven to Central Florida to be burned for clean energy.
"Experts say many of the tires are buried in the sand, and removing all of them is not likely. So those tires from days gone by could stay submerged - long after we're gone.
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4XFNSstSzE