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July 21, 2017


Civil Asset Forfeiture Is Going To Expand Under Sessions

Property rights are fundamental to a free people and a free society. A society where there are no property rights, and no judicial process before seizing property is a society of slaves where the owners can take whatever they wish, when they wish, under whatever pretense they choose.

“Civil” Asset Forfeiture allowslaw enforcement” to steal property without ever charging anyone with a crime, let alone finding them guilty, in order to fund their bureaucracy.

Since 9-11 Government And Local Police Have Seized More Property – $2.5 Billion Dollars' Worth – Than Burglars

Steve Jordahl

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he wants the Justice Department to step up a controversial program called civil asset forfeiture, and some are warning that it's an overreach of government

Jeff Sessions made the announcement July 17 in front of the National District Attorneys Association, where he announced an increase in seizures along with more prosecution of gun-related crimes and gang-related crimes. "No criminal should be allowed to keep the proceeds of their crime," Sessions said according to, the libertarian-leaning news website, which pointed out that a defendant's assets are often taken before a conviction

Rutherford Institute attorney John Whitehead says it was put in place in the 1970s with good intentions, which was to get cash and guns from drug lords. "However," says the civil liberties attorney, "right now all the statistics show that mainly it's poor people who make a mistake." In fact, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas dissented in an asset forfeiture case in June, suggesting also that poor defendants are often unable to defend themselves in a court battle over forfeiture of their own property. 

Oklahoma cattle ranch owner Stephen Mills described his fight with an asset seizure to the crowd at CPAC 2017. When a ranch hand stole copper wire from an oil field, he said, the employee was caught and arrested. But he was driving Mr Mills' truck. "When they arrested him, they also took my truck," Mr Mills told the crowd. It took Mr Mills several months, and lots of legal fees, to get his truck returned. And the cattle rancher has connections and knows about law enforcement, because he himself is a police chief. "They take your property – even your home sometimes – without being found guilty," Whitehead says of the controversial program. " Some people have actually been found not guilty and they cannot afford to go get their car back or their home, so the government keeps all that."

Reforming the system will be very hard, warns Whitehead, because local and federal law enforcement depend on the money. "It's a profit-sharing program," he complains. "The Department of Justice – and why Sessions is putting it – they get 80%: in most cases of the money seized or the property." Since 9/11, he says, the U.S. government and local police have seized more property – $2.5 billion dollars' worth – than burglars did during that same period.

Property Must Be First Seized In Connection To Either Lawful Arrest Or Lawful Search That Results In Arrest

Nick Sibilla | Forbes

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signed HB 7146 on Monday, which curbs the state’s civil forfeiture laws. Not only did the bill earn endorsements from the Yankee Institute for the Public Policy and the state chapter of the ACLU, HB 7146 even passed both the House and the Senate without a single no vote. Under the new law, in order to permanently confiscate property with civil forfeiture, the property must be first seized in connection to either a lawful arrest or a lawful search that results in an arrest. If prosecutors do not secure a guilty verdict, a plea bargain or a dismissal from finishing a pretrial diversion program, the government must return the property to its rightful owner. With the stroke of a pen, Connecticut now becomes the 14th state to require a criminal conviction for most or all forfeiture cases.

“Civil forfeiture is one of the most serious assaults on Americans’ private property rights,” Institute for Justice Senior Legislative Counsel Lee McGrath said. “The bill is a solid first step to ensure that innocent people do not lose their property to this use of 17th Century admiralty law applied to the 21st Century war on drugs.”

According to data obtained by the Institute for Justice and the Reason Foundation, police and prosecutors generated more than $17.8 million in forfeiture revenue from 2009 to 2016. Nearly thirds of those proceeds came from civil forfeitures, where the owner did not have to be convicted. Law enforcement predominantly confiscated cash, but also seized dirt bikes, gold chains, and electronics like iPads, TVs and cell phones.

Closing CIA Program Does Not End U.S. Involvement In Syria

The Hill

President Trump is shutting down the CIA’s program to arm and train rebels fighting the Syrian government. Shutting down the program, begun in 2013 by the Obama administration. Some may see this as a sign of Trump’s attempts to work with Russia.

Closing the CIA program does not mark the end of U.S. involvement in Syria. President Trump signed off in May on a plan to arm the Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish group, using Department of Defense funds. Trump decided to shut down the CIA program last month after meeting with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and national security adviser H.R. McMaster.

Obama-Backed Fighters Repeatedly Found Supporting Terrorists In Syria

Mikael Thalen

The covert CIA program training and arming Syrian rebels to fight the government of Bashar al-Assad has been ended by President Trump, U.S. officials tell the Washington Post. The decision to phase out the Obama-era program was reportedly made by Trump during a White House meeting last month with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and national security adviser H.R. McMaster.

Officials said the phasing out of the secret program reflects Trump’s interest in finding ways to work with Russia, which saw the anti-Assad program as an assault on its interests. The move by Trump will not end a similar Pentagon program leveraging Syrian rebel fighters against the Islamic State. Some of the CIA-backed rebels may also be redirected to the Pentagon effort as well.

Trump’s new direction in Syria was followed shortly after by the announcement of a cease-fire in southwest Syria with Russia following his one-on-one with Vladimir Putin. President Trump also stated earlier this month the potential for a second cease-fire in the region. “We are working on the second cease-fire in a very rough part of Syria. If we get that and a few more, all of a sudden we are going to have no bullets being fired in Syria.”

In September 2015 a group of US-backed rebels known as Division 30 were found to have handed their weapons over to Syrian al-Qaeda affiliate Jahbat al-Nusra only one week after entering the country. The Free Syrian Army, a group funded and armed by the Obama administration, admitted in 2014 to fighting alongside numerous terrorist organizations in Syria including the Islamic State. “We are collaborating with the Islamic State and the Nusra Front by attacking the Syrian Army’s gatherings in… Qalamoun,” Bassel Idriss, commander of an FSA-run rebel brigade, said. “Let’s face it: The Nusra Front is the biggest power present right now in Qalamoun and we as FSA would collaborate on any mission they launch as long as it coincides with our values.” Several factions of the FSA including Ahl Al Athar, Ibin al-Qa’im and Aisha were also reported to have pledged their allegiance to the terror group as well.

Agence France-Presse reported in 2014 that moderate rebel groups backed by the White House even went as far as to sign a non-aggression pact with one another in order to rally against the Assad government. In May of 2015 a  declassified government document obtained by conservative watchdog Judicial Watch also revealed the Obama administration moved forward with support for Salafist groups despite predicting it would lead to the rise of an entity like the Islamic State.

The Pentagon foresaw the likely rise of the ‘Islamic State’ as a direct consequence of this strategy, and warned that it would destabilize Iraq,” journalist Nafeez Ahmed wrote. “Despite anticipating that Western, Gulf state and Turkish support for the ‘Syrian opposition,’?which included al-Qaeda in Iraq, would lead to the emergence of an ‘Islamic State’ in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the document provides no indication of any decision to reverse the policy of support to the Syrian rebels. On the contrary, the emergence of an al-Qaeda affiliated ‘Salafist Principality’ as a result is described as a strategic opportunity to isolate Assad.”

Michael T. Flynn, the former Defense Intelligence Agency director for the Obama administration – who resigned as national security adviser for the Trump administration this year – stated during an interview with Al Jazeera in 2015 that the Obama administration had made a “willful decision” to support terrorist groups in the fight against Assad. " I think it was a willful decision,” Flynn said.

Other Powers That Brokered The Previous Nuclear Deal Along With The U.S. Said They Have No "Appetite" For Renegotiating It

Associated Press

The Trump administration slapped 18 Iranian individuals and groups with sanctions Tuesday for aiding the country's non-nuclear weapons programs. President Donald Trump is staying tough on Iran despite his moves to let the nuclear deal stay in place for now. The latest attempt to clamp down on Iran's military financing ranged from an Iranian-based company that aided the country's drone program to a Turkey-based provider of naval equipment and a China-based network that helped secure electronics for Tehran. The sanctions freeze any assets in the U.S. and prevent Americans from doing business with them.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the sanctions "send a strong signal that the United States cannot and will not tolerate Iran's provocative and destabilizing behavior." This administration will continue to aggressively target Iran's malign activity, including their ongoing state support of terrorism, ballistic missile program, and human rights abuses," Mnuchin said. The announcement came only hours after the Trump administration told Congress for a second time that Iran is complying with the nuclear deal and can keep enjoying sanctions relief. The administration insisted Tehran was breaching "the spirit" of the deal.

Mr Trump, as a candidate, lambasted the 2015 pact with Iran. During the campaign, Trump told the American Israel Political Action Committee: "My number one priority is to dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran." And he returned to that theme often during the presidential race, describing the deal as "catastrophic," among other things. In a shift from that earlier threat to dismantle the deal, officials said the administration was working with U.S. allies to try to fix the deal's flaws, including the expiration of some nuclear restrictions after a decade or more. The officials also said the U.S. would slap Tehran with new sanctions penalizing it for developing ballistic missiles and other activity. Iran remains on the State Department's list of state sponsors of terrorism for its support for Hezbollah and other Shia militia groups, including in Iraq, Syria and Bahrain.

Ultimately, the president's decision was the same on the substance of what his administration had been planning all along. Although the language was toughened to add the declaration that Iran is "in default of the spirit" of the deal, Iran will continue receiving the same sanctions relief that it did under Barack Obama's administration.

Normalize And Promotes Sexual Coercion And Exploitation

Charlie Butts

Millions of children could potentially be exposed to a form of online pornography designed to be "fun" for them. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has identified an online video game store offering extremely graphic games to youth. Spokesperson Haley Halverson says the source is Steam, a self-described "social entertainment" platform that was created by the Bellevue, WA-based Valve Corporation and boasts an estimated 35 million gamers under 18 years old.

"It's basically the Wal-Mart of online video distribution and it is actually selling games right now that normalize and promote sexual coercion and exploitation," Halverson tells OneNewsNow. As an example, one game is "Porno Studio Tycoon." It allows users to act as a pornographer. Another is "House Party," which focuses on manipulating women to have intimacy with the gamer in order to win. According to Halverson, the graphics are essentially animated pornography.

"This is especially concerning because these video games are easily available to an estimated 35 million children who are regularly buying video games off of Steam. So this is something parents and any concerned citizen definitely need to be aware of," she says. The National Center's website offers a form allowing individuals to contact the company and voice their objection.

LUF Wants Open Borders, Calling For Legalization Of Necrophilia, Child Pornography, Polygamy, Incest Also Previously Called For The Legalization Of Sex With Animals

Paul Joseph Watson

The Liberal Youth League says it wants to make Sweden a more tolerant society by endorsing “ruthless mass immigration,” necrophilia and even child pornography. If you thought you’d heard it all in terms of Sweden as the ‘progressive’ basketcase of Europe, then think again.

During a tweetstorm, the youth group made plain its desire to see Sweden adopt the Euro single currency and join NATO, but the organization’s social policies were the real eyebrow raisers. “If you are against necrophilia, you are not liberal,” the group explained. For those who don’t know, necrophilia is haxing sex with dead people. How progressive.

The LUF also wants open borders, “ruthless mass immigration,” and is calling for the legalization of “cartoon child pornography,” polygamy and incest. The group has also previously called for the legalization of sex with animals.

The LUF, whose logo includes the words “feminism” and “anti-racism,” is affiliated with the Liberal People’s Party, which formed part of Sweden’s coalition government from 2006 to 2014. Typically positioned as centrist, the Liberal People’s Party is now seen as more conservative. Apparently, Sweden has moved so far left that “ruthless mass immigration,” as well as legalizing necrophilia and child pornography may now be considered conservative positions.

This begins to make sense when you consider the fact that some on the left in Sweden have advocated giving ISIS jihadists free housing, welfare and jobs upon their return from fighting alongside other terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

Would Represent A Far Greater Expansion Of Concealed-Carry Permits

Anders Hagstrom | Daily Caller

Ohio may become the first state to allow concealed-carry permit holders to wear firearms into gun-free zones if the state Senate approves the legislation following summer recess. While Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Florida have considered allowing residents to carry in courthouses within the last year.

Ohio’s HB 233, passed by the House Thursday, would represent a far greater expansion of concealed-carry permits, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. While permit holders could be forced to leave gun-free zones under the law, they would not be committing a crime simply by entering the premises while armed. If permit holders refuse to leave, however, they can be charged with a misdemeanor punishable by 30 days in prison and a $250 fine.

State prosecutors have criticized the bill, arguing there needs to be a distinction between residents who unwittingly bring their firearms into gun-free zones and those who intentionally do it. The bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. John Becker, pushed back, claiming the distinction is unnecessary because of how difficult it is for prosecutors to prove someone intentionally brought a gun into a gun-free zone in the first place


Don Boyd of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce also claimed the bill would infringe on business-ownersprivate property rights by preventing them from banning guns at their establishments. The bill, however, only decriminalizes entering a gun-free zone; it does not prevent business owners from removing armed customers.

HB 233 was 1 of 3 concealed-carry bills considered in the House before the end of session. HB 142 and 201 would repeal the state requirement that permit holders tell police officers they are armed during a traffic stop and allow anyone over the age of 21 who is not federally prohibited to carry a weapon without a license. Neither made it to a final vote, however. The Senate will consider HB 233 as soon as the fall legislative session begins after Labor Day.

Family Says Court Official Admitted 'Violating Numerous Constitutional Rights'

Bob Unruh

When the state of Michigan asked William and Jill Johnson, a retired Marine and his tackle shop-owning wife, to be foster parents, they readily agreed. After all, the child was their grandson, and the alternative was for him to go into foster care. But during the course of the necessary paperwork for the placement, a local judge stunned them with the warning that they no longer would have all of their constitutional rights.

The judge explained bluntly: “We know we are violating numerous constitutional rights here, but if you do not comply, we will remove the boy from your home,” filed with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. The case has been brought on behalf of the Johnsons as well as Brian and Naomi Mason, and the Second Amendment Foundation. They name as defendant Nick Lyon, the director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, for his agency’s draconian rules regarding foster or adoptive parents – and their possession of guns.

It alleges civil rights violations under color of law “for enforcing restrictions on the Second Amendment rights of people who want to be foster or adoptive parents.” The complaint explains the rule first was introduced to the Johnsons by social workers, who said, “If you want to care for your grandson, you will have to give up some of your constitutional rights.” They explained, when the Johnsons raised questions about their agenda, “there would not be a power struggle, that they would just take his grandson and place him in a foster home.”

“The Johnsons would possess and bear loaded and functional firearms for self-defense and defense of family, but refrain from doing so because they fear their foster child/grandchild being taken away from them by the state,” the case explains. SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb said the statements from the caseworker and judge “are simply outrageous.” “This amounts to coercion, with a child as their bartering chip,” he said. “I cannot recall ever hearing anything so offensive and egregious, and we’ve handled cases like this in the past. Blatantly telling someone they must give up their civil rights in order to care for their own grandchild is simply beyond the pale.”

The lawsuit asserts that “the policy of the MDHHS, by implementing requirements and restrictions that are actually functional bans on the bearing of firearms for self-defense, both in and out of the home, completely prohibits foster and adoptive parents, and those who would be foster or adoptive parents, from the possession and bearing of readily-available firearms for the purpose of self-defense. This violates plaintiffs’ constitutional rights under the Second and Fourteenth Amendments.” This is a case we simply must pursue, Gottlieb said. “State agencies and the people who work in those agencies simply cannot be allowed to disregard someone’s civil rights.”

WND reported in January when a federal judge took the side of the Constitution in a similar dispute. The state of Illinois at that time had demanded that a lawsuit challenging its gun rules as applied to foster or potential foster parents be dismissed. U.S. District Judge Colin Stirling Bruce said there were “sufficient factual allegations to state a claim to relief that is plausible on its face.” WND reported the Shults family decided a weapon was needed. Colleen Shults works as a nurse at Danville Correctional Center under the state Department of Corrections. Months earlier, she received a letter from her employer’s Central Intelligence Unit “that prisoners in the IDOC system were using people locator websites on the Internet to learn the home addresses of IDOC staff, including correctional officers and nurses.” The letter warned Colleen and those like her to be careful and diligent for their safety, that complaint said.

The simple answer would be to possess a firearm for defense, and generally under state law that is possible. But the couple also has been providing foster care in the state for many years, and the policy of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services suspends their Second Amendment rights, the lawsuit says. “The Shultses would possess loaded and functional firearms for self-defense and defense of family, but refrain from doing so because they fear their foster children being taken away from them by the state, and/or being prohibited from being foster parents in the future, all due to the IDCFS policy complained of herein,” the complaint states.

SAF also brought a previous suit against Chicago over its handgun ban and later against the state over its restrictions on concealed carry. It won both cases. “It was our legal action against Chicago’s handgun ban that incorporated the Second Amendment to the states via the Fourteenth Amendment,” Gottlieb noted. It was another of our lawsuits that forced the state legislature to adopt a concealed carry statute in Illinois. Now we’re in court to make sure that the state cannot discriminate against foster parents who merely wish to exercise the rights we’ve restored in Illinois.”

There also was a case in Moore, Oklahoma, brought by Stephen and Krista Pursley. That state prevents citizens from serving as foster parents while “legally possessing functional firearms for personal protection.” This mandate for foster parents is not just restrictive, it’s ridiculous,” Gottlieb said when the conflict arose. “Why should a foster parent be stripped of his or her right to self-defense, or their ability to defend their foster child, simply to appease some bureaucrat’s anti-gun philosophy?”

It Would Function As An Extension Of The Air Force, Similar To The Marine Corps And The Navy


The House Armed Services Committee has voted in favor of the creation of a new military branch for outer space. in this year’s annual National Defense Authorization Act documentation.

The proposed United States Space Corps would operate in the interest of “providing combat-ready space forces that enable the commanders of the combatant commands to fight and win wars.” It would function as an extension of the Air Force, similar to the Marine Corps and the Navy. The United States Air Force has already stated that “maintaining space superiority” is one of its “core missions” as a “warfighting domain.” As recently as April, they added a Deputy Chief of Staff for Space to their roster.

They have also renamed the Joint Interagency Combined Space Operations Center to the National Space Defense Center in order to “better describe its actual purpose.” For all that, you might believe that the Air Force would offer a ringing endorsement to the legislation. Instead, they are among its loudest detractors. Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama said that he was “shocked by the response by the Air Force leadership” to the proposal.

Israel’s Ministry Of Foreign Affairs Backs Hungary's Criticism Of Soros

Kit Daniels

Israel says globalist billionaire George Soros continuously undermines democratically-elected governments. Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs took the opportunity to criticize Soros when it spoke out against the vandalism of anti-Soros posters in Hungary which were defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti. “Israel deplores any expression of anti-Semitism in any country and stands with Jewish communities everywhere in confronting this hatred,” stated Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon. “In no way was the statement meant to delegitimize criticism of George Soros, who continuously undermines Israel’s democratically elected government by funding organizations that defame the Jewish state and seek to deny it the right to defend itself.”

Anti-Soros billboards are popping up all across Hungary, which show a smiling Soros with the text “Let’s not allow Soros to have the last laugh.” Hugarian born Soros has been pressuring Hungary to accept more of the migrants flooding into Europe, which the Eastern European country has refused to do after witnessing the explosion of rapes and other violent crimes in Germany and Sweden by migrants who live in a perpetual welfare state due to a lack of language and employable skills.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said the EU was implementing open border mandates drafted by Soros though his various front groups. “Migration is the Trojan wooden horse of terrorism,” he said at a swearing-in ceremony for new border guards in March. “The people that come to us don’t want to live according to our culture and customs but according to their own – at European standards of living.” “The migration flow has only slowed but is not over. We have gained time to strengthen our lines of defense.”

Meanwhile, in the Czech Republic, lawmakers are drafting their own version of the Second Amendment for their national constitution in direct response to the migrant crisis. “This constitutional bill is in reaction to the recent increase of security threats, especially the danger of violent acts such as isolated terrorist attacks… active attackers or other violent hybrid threats,” the draft legislation stated.

Mr Brooks is Running For The Senate

Henry Rodgers

Alabama Republican Rep. Morris Brooks released a Senate campaign ad Sunday, vowing to get the U.S.-Mexico border wall funded and built, even if that means shutting down the government. In the ad, titled “Build The Wall,” Morris Brooks aka Mo Brooks said he will fight to get the funding necessary to build the border wall, even if he has to hold a filibuster on the floor and read the King James Bible, adding that Washington would benefit from hearing that. “Elect me to the Senate, and I’ll fight every spending bill that doesn’t fund that wall“ And if I have to filibuster on the Senate floor, I’ll even read the King James Bible until the wall is funded.” The ad shows a clip of President Donald Trump when he was still on the campaign trail, saying, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best.” “Even some establishment Republicans are blocking the way,” Brooks said. “We’re going to build that wall, or you’ll know the name of every Republican who surrenders to the Democrats to break my filibuster. I give you my word, and I don’t give my word lightly.”

Known Trump supporters, such as radio hosts Laura Ingraham and Mark Levin, Fox News Anchor Sean Hannity, and House Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows, have all endorsed Brooks in this race. Mr Brooks is running for current Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ old Senate seat. Mr Sessions left the Senate after Trump nominated him to lead the Department of Justice. Alabama’s Senate primary will be held Aug. 15.

Top Bishop Says LGBT 'Not A Crime', 'Not A Sickness' And Is 'Not A Sin'

Stoyan Zaimov | Chiristian Post

The General Synod of the Church of England has officially passed a motion welcoming and affirming transgender people to the church A top bishop also declared that being LGBT is "not a sin." "That this Synod, recognizing the need for transgender people to be welcomed and affirmed in their parish church, call on the House of Bishops to consider whether some nationally commended liturgical materials might be prepared to mark a person's gender transition,"

As the official CofE website points out, the vote went overwhelmingly in favor of welcoming transgender people, with 30 for the motion and 2 opposed in the House of Bishops; 127 who backed the motion and 28 against it in the House of Clergy; and 127 for and 48 against in the House of Laity.

The Rev. Christopher Newlands of the Blackburn Diocesan Synod said at the beginning of the assembly: "I hope that we can make a powerful statement to say that we believe that trans people are cherished and loved by God, who created them, and is present through all the twists and turns of their lives." During the synod's weekend session, the church body also backed a motion calling for a ban on what critics have called "conversion therapy" for people with unwanted same-sex attractions. The Archbishop of York, the Most Rev. John Sentamu, who is one of the most senior officials in the CofE, declared: "As the world listens to us, the world needs to hear us say that LGBT orientation and identity is not a crime." "LGBT orientation and identity is not a sickness. LGBT orientation and identity is not a sin," Sentamu added, according to BBC News.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby, said that he continues upholding the church's definition of marriage as between one man and one woman. A number of church bodies within the Anglican Communion have challenged that definition, including The Scottish Episcopal Church, which became the first mainstream Christian denomination in the U.K. to approve same-sex marriage in June. Concerns from Anglican conservatives over the pro-LGBT direction they say the CofE has taken has led groups such as the Global Anglican Future Conference to put forward their own "missionary bishop" to oversee traditional Anglican parishes.

GAFCON has said  that the Western world is "abandoning Christian heritage," and warned that a number of U.K. churches are "under pressure to compromise clear Christian teaching in the face of secular humanist philosophy. "In some cases, the Gospel appears to have been watered down or even denied. Even some faithful clergy do not feel free to give clear teaching on key topics such as sexual ethics or the uniqueness of Christ, " GAFCON said earlier.

Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, the Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria and Chairman of the GAFCON Primates Council, wrote following The Scottish Episcopal Church's decision to change its laws on marriage: "This attempt to redefine marriage is not a secondary issue about which we can agree to disagree and continue to walk together. It means that Jesus was mistaken when he taught that marriage was between a man and a woman and that sex outside of such a marriage is a sin. "It is a radical rejection of the authority of Scripture. The Church claims that it can consecrate behavior that God's Word clearly teaches to be sinful. According to the Bible, this behavior, without repentance, separates those who practice it from his kingdom."

Gay Megadonor ‘We’re Going To Punish The Wicked’ Who Hold Traditional Views About Sexual Morality.

Bradford Richardson - The Washington Times

The megadonor bankrolling the LGBT movement and its allies in the Democratic Party says he will continue to “punish the wicked” who hold traditional views about sexual morality. Despite the legalization of gay marriage in all 50 states, tech millionaire Tim Gill said he is not satisfied with the movement’s progress. He plans to use his immense wealth, corporate influence and political network to target red states with laws protecting religious people who disagree with the LGBT movement’s worldview.

“We’re going into the hardest states in the country,” Mr. Gill said, according to an interview published by Rolling Stone June 23. “We’re going to punish the wicked.” Mr. Gill said his effort to block religious-freedom bills in Southern states has already paid off. Last year, the Gill Foundation rallied more than 100 corporations, including Coca-Cola, Google and Marriott, behind a front group called Georgia Prospers. Threatening to pull business out of the state, the coalition successfully lobbied Republican Gov. Nathan Deal into vetoing a Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Mr. Gill is a software programmer who made his fortune during the dot-com boom and has since poured more than $400 million into advancing the LGBT movement. The Rolling Stone article recounts a May 2016 meeting in Manhattan attended by Gill other prominent gay-rights donors and then-Vice President Joseph Biden. At the time, Gill said he was focused on defeating then-North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican, in his reelection bid. Mr. McCrory had signed a state law regulating public restrooms, locker rooms and other intimate facilities on the basis of biological sex. Opponents of the legislation said it discriminated against transgender people.

The strategy in North Carolina mirrored the one employed in Georgia. Companies ranging from Paypal to the National Basketball Association pulled commerce out of the state to pressure lawmakers into repealing the bathroom bill. Mr. McCrory would go on to lose the race narrowly to the state’s attorney general, Democrat Roy Cooper, who also attended the Manhattan donor meeting.

Fined $12k ‘Sharia Tax’ For Entering Muslim Tenants Home With Shoes On

Jenna Leigh Richardson

Nigerian immigrant John Alabi moved to Canada over 20 years old ago to provide his family a better life. The last thing that he imagined was that his new country would be eventually ruled by Sharia Law, however, that is exactly the scenario.

Heartbroken and ‘humiliated', landlord Alabi explained to Canadian media that despite his constant efforts to go above and beyond in an attempt to accommodate 2 highly difficult Egyptian-born tenants, he is now fighting to preserve his reputation and fend off financial ruin. According to reports, Alabi’s nightmare began after the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario ruled that ‘he failed to accommodate the religious needs’ of the 2 former tenants by refusing to provide them with more than the legally required 24 hours notice to enter his own property among other petty complaints. “I was humiliated, I was made to feel I have no rights, I was made to feel that I’m not wanted in society… I feel powerless. They rented my place for only 2 months. 2 months! It’s just not fair.” Alabi explained to media.

As the Toronto Sun has reported, the dispute stems back to February 2015, when Walid Madkour and Heba Ismail put in a notice to vacate only 2 months after renting an apartment owned by Alabi. Being that the couple had expressed their intention to vacate, Alabi began attempting to schedule showings for potential tenants which angered Madkour and Ismail. Initially, Madkour stated that the issue was that Alabi was unwelcome in the apartment if his wife was home alone, however, the landlord explained that by law he was able to enter the unit if 24 hours notice was provided. Attempting to appease the couple, Albi agreed that in addition to the 24 hours notice he would not enter the unit during times of prayer and that he would send them text messages 5 minutes before he planned to enter per their request. Alabi stated to media that he eventually stopped providing the 5 minute warning because the couple refused to reply or confirm that they had received his texts. Then the couple threw out the allegation Alabi was ‘harassing’ them by shoveling snow off of their walkway, so naturally they reported him to police. Once informed by law enforcement that their landlord had every right to ensure public safety by clearing snow and was that he was legally allowed to show the unit to potential renters, the couple decided to claim religious discrimination, 8 months after the fact.

After almost a quarter century of being a law-abiding, hard-working member of society, he never imagined his adopted country would label him a human rights violator and order him to pay $12,000 in compensation to his Muslim tenants. Now the travel agent is on the hook for money he doesn’t have to pay tenants who were in his home for only 2 months. “I go beyond all that. I just see everybody as human beings like me. That’s why I took them in,” he says. “We got along. And then all of a sudden I’m a racist?” Then there was the issue of removing his shoes. At the tribunal, the couple said they prayed in their bedroom and the floor had to remain clean. Yet Alabi claims the couple never had a problem before when he wore his shoes to make repairs in the apartment. And he wasn’t wearing outside shoes, but the shoes he wore in his own home. He’d come around to their apartment wearing rubbers over them and then take them off at the door. For that, he was accused of being racist. The tenants waited 8 months before filing their grievance with the human rights tribunal, where they receive free representation. They even searched his Facebook page and found a joke they considered offensive to bolster their case. The tribunal agreed he harassed them and failed in his duty to accommodate their religious needs – and awarded them $6,000 each – plus interest.

“What about my rights?” asks the father of 3, who has since sold the house.

Democratic Gov. Kate Brown Expected To Sign $15 Excise Tax On Bikes Over $200

Washington Times

In Oregon, a state known for its avid bicycling culture, the state legislature’s approval of the first bike tax in the nation has fallen flat. Democratic Gov. Kate Brown is expected to sign the sweeping $5.3 billion transportation package, which includes a $15 excise tax on the sale of bicycles costing more than $200 with a wheel diameter of at least 26 inches. Even though the funding has been earmarked for improvements that will benefit cyclists, the tax has managed to irk both anti-tax Republicans and environmentally conscious bikers alike.

BikePortland publisher Jonathan Maus called it “an unprecedented step in the wrong direction.”

Both chambers should act on the bills swiftly

Neil Siefring | Daily Signal

The federal government currently wields a tremendous amount of power over the citizens of the United States, far more than the Founders intended. One manifestation of federal overreach is civil asset forfeiture. This practice allows the federal government to confiscate the wealth of its citizens upon the mere suspicion of wrongdoing.

The IRS, not content with expropriating the wealth of its citizens on April 15 every year, has now taken up the practice of seizing funds that have been involved in perfectly legal transactions on the basis of a hunch. Thankfully, legislation in the House and the Senate has been introduced to bring this practice to a halt. Both chambers should act on the bills swiftly.

Pesticide Use Was So Prevalent In The 1980's That It Seeped Into Groundwater Where It Remains Today

Stephen Stock | Michael Bott

A May NBC Bay Area investigation found that 94 public water systems currently have levels of 1,2,3-TCP above the new legal limit. Over a million people in rural California have a highly toxic chemical in their water that some experts say is one of the most powerful cancer causing agents in the world. It was sold to farmers as a pesticide when Dow & Shell knew it was simply toxic waste that they wanted to sell, rather than pay for disposal — similar to what’s being done with fluoride in municipal water supplies.

The problem is not limited to California and it’s not limited to this particular chemical. What is being done about it and what can YOU do to protect yourself? California took its first step Tuesday toward addressing a dangerous, cancer-causing chemical that 1 million residents across the state could be drinking in harmful amounts.

The State Water Resources Control Board voted unanimously to implement a maximum contaminant level in drinking water for a chemical known as 1,2,3-TCP, (TriChloroPropane) used primarily as a degreasing solvent and pesticide ingredient. A May NBC Bay Area investigation found the chemical is currently found at dangerous levels in the drinking water served by 94 different California public water systems, mostly in the farming communities of the Central Valley. Those numbers don’t take into account the nearly 2 million Californians, mostly in rural areas, who get their water from private wells. Experts say many of those wells are also assuredly plagued by 1,2,3-TCP.

Although the chemical was removed from pesticides marketed by Shell and Dow Chemical in the 1980s, its use was so prevalent that it seeped into groundwater where it remains today in levels state scientists say would increase cancer risks after a lifetime of exposure.

California now becomes the second state in the country, after Hawaii, to regulate the chemical in drinking water. “It’s a very serious challenge, this particular chemical,” California Water Resources Control Board Vice Chair Steven Moore said at Tuesday’s hearing. “As folks have said, it’s a very serious public health threat. California officially determined this is a carcinogen. It’s still under discussion at the federal level. And when you look at the science and the experiments and all that was done to show it, it is disquieting how serious and insidious this chemical is.”

Tuesday’s decision means drinking water providers across the state will be required to begin testing for 1,2,3-TCP by January. If testing shows greater average concentrations over one year of testing, the provider would be in violation of the new drinking water standard. The water provider would then be required to notify its customers about the violation and take corrective action, according to a spokesperson for the Water Resources Control Board. At Tuesday’s hearing, State Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus vowed to hold stakeholders accountable moving forward. “I think we have a group commitment from many people to try and work together and move forward,” Marcus said. “And I will hold folks to that, including ourselves.”

The vote is welcome news to advocacy groups across the state, many of which have been lobbying state water officials to regulate the chemical for years. “The State of California has known about the dangers of 1,2,3-TCP for decades,” Community Water Center Policy Director Jonathan Nelson said. “The time has come and is indeed long overdue to pass the action proposed today.” Small water providers across the state have taken Shell and Dow Chemical to court in efforts to recoup cleanup costs associated with 1,2,3-TCP contamination. San Francisco attorney Todd Robbins represents the majority of the 43 small water systems who have sued the chemical giants for damages. 8 of the lawsuits have settled out of court and 33 remain pending.

I think that it’s a pretty dirty little secret that a state as prosperous as California has so many water quality problems,” Robbins told NBC Bay Area in May. Under the new regulations, water providers that remain out of compliance could face enforcement actions by the state, but they would still be allowed to deliver contaminated drinking water to their customers.

Environmental Working Group, California is not the only state with troubling amounts of TCP in drinking water. The group collected water data from water utilities across the country and found the chemical in at least 17 different states.




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