You asked for it! Join us for commentary on current events with Ryan Dobson, Toben Heim, and Sam Bhatt. We cover the absurd, the scary, and the encouraging things that are going on in this world, things such as: same sex "marriages" on military bases, new ways to tax your retirement, Columbia students having lunch with Iran's brutal leader, students standing up for their faith, and more. Make sure you know what is going on in the world around you so that you may be salt and light in this dark and hurting culture.
The Left's War On Our Military - Gary Bauer 9/30
Today the Associated Press reports that the Pentagon will now allow military chaplains to perform same-sex "marriages" on military bases. In April, the House of Representatives voted to prevent the Pentagon from adopting such a policy because the U.S. military is a federal institution bound by federal law, and the Defense of Marriage Act is still binding federal law. But wait… there's more.
Now that President Obama has officially ended the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, the militant homosexual rights crowd is demanding Obama issue an executive order banning discrimination in the military based on "gender identity" so that transgendered individuals can serve. Really?
According to the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), "transgender" refers to "transsexuals, cross-dressers, gender-queer people, intersex people, and other gender-variant individuals." (You learn something new every day!) This is the problem with the homosexual rights movement. It starts out by demanding "tolerance," so "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is gone. But now we have to have a regiment of cross-dressing, "gender-variant individuals" too.
I know our military can defeat the jihadists. But whether it can stop the left-wing social radicals is another question.
Taxing Your Retirement - Gary Bauer 9/29
Last week, with little notice, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on ways to tax retirement savings. Just as we are beginning to have a national discussion about reforming entitlements and saving Social Security, Senate liberals are trying to make it more difficult for hard-working Americans to save more.
Here's the thrust of the proposal: Contributions to 401(k) accounts would be subject to taxation, as would contributions to IRAs. Employer contributions would also be treated as taxable income. But you would be eligible for a refundable tax credit that would be deposited into an account.
And when you retire, guess what? "[W]ithdrawals from the accounts would continue to be taxed as income." Under current plans, you are taxed only once -- either now or later. But this new liberal proposal suggests that savers may be double-taxed.
I hope this bizarre idea goes nowhere. But it is a good reminder of the debate that is raging in Washington about the size and scope of government and your ability to pay for it!
Plot Foiled To Bomb Pentagon, Capitol - Gary Bauer 9/29
By now, you have probably heard about the guy who tried to bomb the Pentagon and the Capitol Building by flying drones or remote controlled model airplanes into the buildings. Today's Washington Post dutifully reports the foiled plot on page A3.
You'll recall that the Post did not hesitate to portray the mass murderer who attacked a youth camp in Norway as a right-wing, Christian conservative even though he wasn't a church goer and didn't believe in prayer. Now let's consider the reporting on this latest plot against the Pentagon and Capitol.
In the Post headline, we learn the suspect is a "man." In the subtitle, we are told this "man" is a "physics graduate." In the first paragraph, we learn he is 26. In paragraph two, we learn his name, Rezwan Ferdaus, and that he is a U.S.-born citizen.
The first time the word "Muslim" appears is in reporting that some FBI tactics offend "Muslims who accuse the government" of entrapment. In the seventh and eighth paragraphs we learn that Ferdaus graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, and that he lived in his parents' basement.
Here we also learn that he had been planning "violent jihad against the United States in early 2010," described Americans as "enemies of Allah," and wanted to "decapitate" our "military center." Yet never once does the Washington Post refer to Ferdaus as a "Muslim extremist."
Columbia Students 'Excited' About Dining With Ahmadinejad" - Clare M Lopez 9/17
Mahmoud The Mad - Gary Bauer 9/23
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addressed the United Nation's General Assembly yesterday. It wasn't long before he once again exposed himself for the evil thug he is.
As he has done in past U.N. speeches, Ahmadinejad denied the Holocaust and suggested that there were "hidden elements involved in September 11." He also mocked the U.S. for killing Osama bin Laden rather than bringing him to trial in order to "identify the elements behind the safe space provided for the invading aircraft to attack the twin World Trade Center towers."
In other words, Ahmadinejad, a sworn enemy of the United States, is also a "9/11 truther." Like so many Hollywood elites, he too believes that we attacked ourselves, that Osama bin Laden was innocent and that a trial would have exposed the truth.
Liberals often insist that we must rely upon the world community to achieve our foreign policy goals and defend our interests. One hundred ninety-three nations are represented at the U.N. General Assembly. Yet only a few dozen diplomats walked out in protest of Ahmadinejad's disgusting remarks. That tells you all you need to know about the moral core of that so-called "world community."
Obama's Stimulus Plan -- An Economic Drag? - Gary Bauer 9/26
The Associated Press reported this weekend that Obama's latest $500 billion stimulus plan -- even if enacted immediately -- would do little to lower the unemployment rate. Under the most optimistic scenarios, the plan creates fewer than 160,000 jobs a month. To significantly lower the unemployment rate, the economy needs to create at least twice that many jobs each month for at least three to five years.
But Mark Zandi, the Moody's economist who modeled the economic forecasts of the plan, says his prediction was good only for one year -- 2012. And after that? According to Zandi, "Beginning in 2013, and certainly into 2014, the plan is a drag on the economy because the stimulus starts fading away," while Obama's tax increases remain in place.
Durbin: Obama Jobs Bill Can't Pass - Gary Bauer 9/30
For weeks now, President Obama has been barnstorming the country demanding that Congress pass his latest stimulus bill. And at every opportunity he has blamed congressional conservatives for holding up his so-called "jobs bill." While it's accurate to say that many Republicans don't support the tax increases in the bill, they are not the ones holding it up.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) hasn't even scheduled a vote yet. But here's the kicker. During an interview with a Chicago radio station yesterday, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) was asked if Senate Democrats have the votes to pass Obama's bill since they control the majority. Durbin responded: "Not at the moment, I don't think we do."
"Texas Hold 'Em Unfolds in El Paso" - Robert Knight 9/30
Student Suspended For Faith - Gary Bauer 9/26
Last week I commented on Archbishop Timothy Dolan's letter to President Obama warning of the immediate threat to religious liberty stemming from the militant homosexual rights movement's radical demand to redefine marriage. This is not hyperbole.
Individuals have lost their jobs. Conservative organizations are facing "economic terrorism" from left-wing activists. Now students are facing suspension in the public schools if they speak up for their faith.
According to Fox News, a 14 year-old Christian honors student in Ft. Worth, Texas, was suspended for expressing his belief to a fellow student that homosexuality is wrong.
The teacher, who sent the boy to the principal's office, reportedly has a history of pushing the homosexual agenda in his class. An attorney involved in the case told Fox that the teacher had posted a picture of men kissing and told the students that "homosexuality is just part of our culture now."
Last time I checked, men and women of faith were still part of this culture too. While our friends at Liberty Counsel were able to get the school to back down this time, many on the left want to force faith into the closet while pushing homosexual indoctrination into the classroom.
Conservatives have warned for years that the left has no interest in tolerance, and that acceptance of same-sex "marriage" would lead to homosexuality beingtaught in the schools and the legalization of polygamy. We were dismissed as cranks. Now it's happening.
Only one side can prevail in the culture war over the values we will teach to our children and grandchildren. Men and women of faith must be engaged in the battle to defend their values.
Best "Plagiarized" Line Of The Night - Gary Bauer 9/23
Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson (the pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage, pro-drug legalization libertarian) delivered the best line of the night when he said, "My next-door neighbor's two dogs have created more shovel-ready projects than this president." The audience roared with laughter and applause.
But it appears it wasn't an original line. There are reports that Rush Limbaugh had said something nearly identical earlier in the day.