Newslinks – 08/15/09

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Palin calls Obamacare evil
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin called President Barack Obama’s health plan “downright evil” Friday in her first online comments since leaving office, saying in a Facebook posting that he would create a “death panel” that would deny care to the neediest Americans.

Christian attorneys defend public prayer
An atheist organization is yet again opposing the practice of opening public meetings with prayer.

New ENDA bill ‘turns private sin into a public right’
Conservative Christian leader Robert Knight says a Senate bill that would ban job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity “turns private sin into a public right.”

Who’s behind the Internet Snitch Brigade?
If the White House is looking for “fishy” information in the healthcare debate, they could start by checking into President Obama’s own healthcare overlord.

Perspective: Seeking more than financial freedom
Why did we Hispanics come to the United States? For one thing, to experience freedom — something that is threatened by current Capitol Hill goings-on.

Senate Committee Apologizes to All Native Americans for Violence and Maltreatment by U.S. Citizens
– The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs passed a resolution by voice vote last week apologizing “on behalf of American people” to all Indian tribes for the mistreatment and violence by American citizens.

Obama Adviser Says More U.S. Troops May Be Needed in Afghanistan
– President Obama’s National Security Adviser Jim Jones told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that “more security” in Afghanistan may mean more U.S. troops on the ground. “We won’t rule anything out,” Jones said later with regard to troop strength.

Obama Adviser Considers Stimulus Spending Successful
– Even while conceding that job losses are “horrendous” – 9.4 percent unemployment nationwide – a top Obama administration economic adviser said the $787-billion stimulus plan is working. “Millions of unemployed workers have seen an extra $25 a week in their unemployment insurance checks [and] 95 percent of American households saw a tax cut in their paychecks starting April 1,” said Christina Romer, chairwoman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

Sponsors of Anti-Obama Health Care Petition Say Opposition Is Real
– A petition opposing President Barack Obama’s plan for a government-led overhaul of the nation’s health care system has garnered over 1 million signatures since it launched May 25, something its sponsors say is proof that public opposition to Obama’s plan is very real.

Long-Ago Collapse of Hawaiian Monarchy Described As U.S.-Assisted ‘Regime Change’
– A bill now working its way through the Senate would allow Hawaii’s indigenous people to establish a “government-to-government relationship with the United States,” similar to the relationship that Alaskan natives and American Indian tribes have, Sen Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) says. But critics say the bill would establish a “race-based” government for native Hawaiians.

Iran Using Trials, ‘Confessions’ to Step Up Confrontation With the West
– Iran ratcheted up its row with the West over the weekend by putting on trial a French citizen as well as Iranian employees at the French and British embassies, all of whom publicly admitted to wrongful conduct during the protests that followed the disputed June election. An indictment read out by a Revolutionary Court prosecutor accused Western governments, led by Britain, of a plot to overthrow the Islamic republic, through “public diplomacy” and “covert action.”

More Americans in the Hands of Hostile Regimes
– A week after three Americans went missing near the Iraq-Iran border, Tehran has officially confirmed that it is holding them. U.S. national security advisor Jim Jones said Sunday Washington had “sent strong messages” calling for their release as quickly as possible. But there is concern that the regime may view the Americans as political pawns, just as North Korea viewed the two U.S. journalists it captured earlier this year.

Conservatives ‘mad,’ speaking out about Obamacare
The head of a conservative group the White House accused of “manufacturing outrage” at healthcare town hall meetings says the charge is a “delusion.” POLL: Why are people so upset? VOTE

Group challenges IRS over tax exemption, wins
A newly formed grassroots pro-life group from Iowa has won a case against the IRS following accusations the federal agency posed “prejudicial” questions of the group.

Perspective: ‘Politics of hope’ reduced to name-calling
The Democratic leadership is out of control. That’s the only way to put it. Witness recent comments from the White House and Nancy Pelosi.

Israel beefs up weapons stash
Senior military strategist Bob Maginnis believes Israel’s recent purchase of some sophisticated weapons will greatly enhance the capability of Israeli Defense Forces to deal with growing threats from their Islamic enemies.

Feature: Religion and public schools: An important civics lesson this fall
This fall, public school students, teachers, and parents will get a civics lesson on free speech.

Communities Organize Against Health Care, While Professional Protestors Organize at White House Behest

Knights Condemn Porn Industry and Reaffirm Fight to Defend Natural Marriage

Faith Groups Declare Victory as Virginia Jail Backs off Religious Material Ban in Prisoners’ Mail

New Study Measures Benefits of More Involved Fathers

Feds Accuse Catholic Belmont Abbey College of Sexual Discrimination for Not Covering Contraception

Why Delay Marriage and Invite Sexual Sin and Loneliness say Some US Evangelicals and Catholics

Little Recognition Given To Study of Sexual Reorientation Therapy at APA Convention

New Study Shows Homeschoolers Excel Academically

Pro-Family Man Chosen for Library Board, Despite Protest by Homosexual Groups

White House ‘Reality Check’ Claims Health Care Reform ‘Would Not Add One Penny to Deficit,’ Despite CBO Reports to Contrary
– A new Web site launched Monday by the Obama administration to rebut alleged disinformation about the administration’s efforts to reform the health care system claims that reform “would not add one penny to the deficit.” But a Congressional Budget Office analysis says two health-care reform bills would increase the national debt by $239 billion and $1.042 trillion, respectively. In fact, the administration has not produced any health-care reform legislation that has been independently determined to be deficit-neutral.

Health Care Bill Pushes Employers to Promote ‘Wellness’ Among Workers
– A provision in the Senate version of the health-care reform bill would push private employers to create a “culture of health” for employees in the workplace. While many employers already have wellness programs that include on-site clinics and weight-reduction and exercise programs, those are private-sector initiatives and the government is not involved.

White House Denies Collecting Names of Opponents of Health Legislation
– The Obama administration denied it is keeping an enemies list, although it has asked citizens to report any “disinformation” about health care they come across to the White House. Last Wednesday, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) sent a letter to the White House expressing concern about why the White House would want information on opponents of its health care plan.

Obama Says Canadian Health Care Works, But Not a Good Fit for U.S.
– President Barack Obama said Monday that he does not find the Canadian model for health care scary, and said it is wrong for opponents of reform to tout Canada’s single-payer system as a “boogey man” for health care. However, the president said such a system would not work in the United States.

Harvey Milk, Jack Kemp to Get Posthumous Medals of Freedom
– President Barack Obama this week will award the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously to Harvey Milk, one of the nation’s first openly homosexual politicians, and to the late Jack Kemp, a leading proponent of supply side economics. Just last week, the California Assembly approved a bill designating May 22 as “Harvey Milk Day.” Conservatives complain that the bill will require all public schools to “conduct suitable commemorative exercises.”

Fatah’s New Platform Fails to Abandon Terror, Does Not Bode Well for Peace, Critics Say
– The “moderate,” U.S.-backed Palestinian faction Fatah on Tuesday was awaiting the results of an election of a new generation of leaders, after adopting a platform that retains the right to use violence to achieve its ends and endorses a terrorist organization as the party’s “military wing.” Critics say the platform emerging from Fatah’s first congress in two decades spells the end of any hopes that an agreement ending the long running Israeli-Arab conflict may be reached in the years ahead.

Targeting of Top Taliban Terrorist Draws Muted Criticism, This Time, From Pakistani Lawmakers
– The reported death of Baitullah Mehsud not only has removed one of the most dangerous terrorists in the Pashtun belt along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, but it also appears to have quieted, temporarily at least, the chorus of criticism in Pakistan about U.S. unmanned drones targeting Islamic extremists.

School officials face jail time for meal-time prayers
A principal and an athletic director are facing criminal charges for a lunch-time prayer.

Perspective: Town hall meetings = democracy at work
Americans are often impatient with complicated details of national legislation proposed for them, but they are not stupid. Witness the stir over healthcare reform.

Pence anxious to hear from constituents
August recess means town hall meetings for most Capitol Hill politicians in their districts back home. OneNewsNow caught up with Congressman Mike Pence before he headed back to Indiana. VOTE IN A RELATED POLL

Forget the budget – raise the debt ceiling
A tax-policy expert says instead of trimming spending and balancing the budget, Congress is poised to agree to the Obama administration’s request to raise the federal debt limit again.

Humanities, social sciences ‘anti-Christian’
A Christian professor says a new study reaffirms that a “notorious” lack of diversity exists in the humanities and social sciences faculties at public universities.

3 Out Of 4 Quebecers Want Euthanasia Legalized

Catholic Charities Refuses to Oppose Obama Health Care Bill

USCCB Pro-Life Office: No Health Care Reform while Abortion Mandate Remains

Campaign Life Coalition Praises Quebec Government’s New Abortuary Safety Requirements

Obama Sells Health Care “Public Option” with Bankrupt Post Office Analogy

LSN Interview with Roger Conner of Catholic Charities Re: Obama Health Care Bills

Palin Firestorm Brings Fresh Scrutiny to ObamaCare “Death Panels”

Feminists for Life mourns the loss of a Eunice Kennedy Schriver

Homosexual and Financial Scandals Ignored by Bishop in Colombian Archdiocese

Socialist Sweden Moves to Ban Homeschooling for Religious or Philosophical Reasons

Quebec Government Has Begun Same-Sex Parenting Inclusiveness Training for Primary School Teachers

Popular, Anti-Christian Author Sir Terry Pratchett calls for Legal Assisted Suicide

AARP: Obama got it wrong
President Obama went too far when he said the seniors lobby had endorsed the legislation pending in Congress, the AARP’s chief officer said Tuesday.

Healthcare reform – no place for racial quotas
A former attorney with the Justice Department says the House healthcare bill pushes hospitals, medical schools, and other recipients of federal dollars to meet racial and ethnic quotas.

Bitter feud erupts at high-profile Florida church
The daughter of the late D. James Kennedy has been banned from the property of her father’s church in the wake of a bitter dispute with the new pastor.

Personhood amendment making inroads in Colorado
Personhood Colorado is preparing for a major effort to get a proposed pro-life amendment on an upcoming ballot.

A parent’s guiding influence
Training your teen in the early years and guarding his heart can help him avoid falling prey to the worst influences in today’s world.

Obama Wants Total Government Control Over Health Care, Says Conservative Leader Phyllis Schlafly
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– President Barack Obama did not have a “real job” prior to entering politics other than as a community organizer, an experience he is now using to deceive Americans into accepting a new government-run health care system, said Phyllis Schlafly at a National Press Club luncheon on Monday. “I think we would be better off if we defeated the whole thing [health care bill] that is proposed,” she said. “Then, if there is some particular remedy that we can work on, we can try that.”

In Congo, Hillary Clinton Suggests Government Ownership of Industry Would be a Good Thing
– In a television interview Monday in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggested that it would be a good thing for the government to take an ownership interest in industry. Discussing the Congo’s “rich reservoir of natural resources,” Clinton pointed to a “model that has worked elsewhere” — the government of Botswana demanding 20 percent ownership of a company that mines diamonds.

U.S. Not Adequately Challenging Radical Islam in Information War, Experts Say
– Even as radical Islamists reportedly are using more sophisticated media and communications operations, there is a growing concern that the United States is not communicating with citizens in Middle Eastern countries the way it did with people behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War — when Radio Free Europe and Voice of America were used as weapons in the battle against communism. Radical Islam is a very different enemy, but many of those same tools can be applied, said Ilan Berman, vice president for policy at the American Foreign Policy Council.

Jailed Terror Leader Elected to Fatah Leadership, Prompting New Calls for His Release
– Palestinian militant Marwan Barghouti, who is serving five consecutive life sentences for the murders of five people in terror attacks, has been elected to serve on Fatah’s Central Committee, and that is sparking new calls by left-wing Israeli politicians for his release. Freeing Barghouti would bolster the “moderate” Fatah organization, left-wing Israelis say.

With Fewer Customers and Fixed Labor Costs, U.S. Postal Service Faces $7 Billion Net Loss in 2009
– The U.S. Postal Service faces a net loss of $7 billion in fiscal year 2009, even if it succeeds in cutting its costs by $6 billion, according to testimony provided to a Senate subcommittee last week by the Government Accountability Office. Meanwhile, USPS faces continuing high overhead in the form of employee wages and benefits fixed by collective bargaining agreements, as well as declining use of the service by its customers.

Cat out of the Bag: Dem Congresswoman Admits ObamaCare Covers Elective Abortions

Kenyan Vice President Vows Cabinet will “Shoot Down” Any Bill Leglaizing Abortion

Quebec Health Minister Backing Down on Safety Measures for Abortion Mills

Grant from Canada’s Federal Conservatives to Subsidize Bill Clinton Toronto Talk

US Should NOT Imitate Canadian Health Care System – Commentary

Kansas Bishops Criticize Kansas Pregnancy Center De-Funding

NETWORK’s Sr. Campbell Backs Ryan-DeLauro “Planned Parenthood Bailout Bill”

Ben Stein, Booted from NYT Column, Blames Anger over Obama Criticism

Study Finds Injectable Contraceptive Leads To Obesity

FCC’s Chief Diversity Officer Wants Private Broadcasters to Help Fund Public Broadcasting
– Mark Lloyd, the FCC’s newly appointed chief diversity officer, says private broadcasting companies should pay licensing fees equal to their total operating costs to allow public broadcasting outlets to spend the same on their operations as the private companies do. Lloyd presented the idea in his 2006 book, Prologue to a Farce: Communications and Democracy in America. Lloyd’s hope is to dramatically upgrade and revamp the Corporation for Public Broadcasting through new funding drawn from private broadcasters. Urging Activists to Attend Town Hall Meetings to Push for ‘Public Option’ Health Care
– While President Obama has focused attention on “special interests” that are trying to defeat his health-care plan, the liberal group is trying to mobilize people to attend congressional town hall meetings to push for the plan, and especially to push for a government-run “public option” insurance program.

Americans Are Working Longer Than Ever to Pay Government-Imposed Financial Burdens
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– A taxpayer watchdog group marked “Cost of Government Day” Wednesday – the day when the average American has earned enough gross income to pay his or her share of the spending and regulatory burden imposed by government at the federal, state, and local level. This year, the day comes 26 days later than it did last year – as the cost of government consumes more of our income.

Hillary Clinton Invokes Bush-Gore 2000 Election Dispute in Remarks on Nigerian Corruption
– Two days after snapping at an African student who asked a question she did not like, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday courted controversy again: In comments to Nigerians, Clinton mentioned “all kinds of problems” in past U.S. elections — including the fact that in 2000, “our presidential election came down to one state where the brother of the man running for president was the governor of the state.”

Obama Flip-Flops on Being Supporter of Single-Payer System
– In 2003, Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama received a big round of applause for telling a gathering of the AFL-CIO, “I happen to be a proponent of single-payer, universal health care plan.” This week, speaking at a town hall in Portsmouth, N.H., President Obama said, “I have not said that I was a single-payer supporter because, frankly, we historically have had a employer-based system in this country with private insurers, and for us to transition to a system like that I believe would be too disruptive.”

AARP Corrects Obama: It Has Not Endorsed Health Care Reform Package
– The AARP, the nation’s largest advocacy group for seniors, corrected a statement by President Barack Obama yesterday that indicated the group was “endorsing” the health-care plan being developed in Congress. “We have the AARP on board because they know this is a good deal for our seniors,” Obama said at one point.

Putin’s Provocative Caucasus Visit Signals Plans to Boost Military Presence
– Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin crossed Georgia’s internationally recognized borders without permission Wednesday, drawing an angry response from the Georgian government, which called the visit a fresh attempt to escalate tensions.

Will ‘cash for clunkers’ tank the used car market?
An analyst with The Heritage Foundation predicts the “cash for clunkers” program will distort the used car market and harm small business owners. VOTE IN A RELATED POLL

Perspective: The undeclared war to ENDA our liberty
Without morality, you cannot have a sound economy — and societies that lose respect for marriage eventually lose creative energy.

Community rallies support for accused ‘pray-ers’
A Florida community is voicing its support of three individuals who are facing criminal charges for prayer at school-related events.

Census plan would illegally redistribute House seats
An immigration reform activist says she’s outraged that an advocacy group for illegal immigrants is pushing for those individuals to take part in the 2010 census.

Presidential Medal recipients roasted
Some of President Barack Obama’s choices to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom are getting less-than-enthusiastic endorsements.

UN Health Data Show Liberal Abortion Laws Lead to Greater Maternal Death

NRLC Webpage Exposes Pro-Life Movement’s Benedict Arnold in Congress

American Nuns Honor Pro-Abortion Cokie Roberts as Vatican Investigation Continues

Saving Face, Collegiality, and Charity in Truth: The D&P Fallout

Sarah Palin Strikes Back Against Obama on “Death Panels”

ND Judge Refuses Bid by Pro-Abortion Legal Group to Halt Informed Consent Law

Louisville Pro-Life Students Call for Dismissal of Coach who Killed Unborn Child to Cover Up Affair

Quebec Premier Says Abortion Access Will Not Be Compromised

Radical NGO Paints Abortionists as Human Rights Defenders

No Difference between Marriage and Cohabitation: Italian High Court

Ontario Progressive Conservative Party Courts ‘Married’ Lesbian for By-election Candidate
Speaking in Mexico, Obama Calls American Opponents of Immigration Amnesty ‘Demagogues’
– At a joint press conference with the Mexican president and the Canadian prime minister in Mexico on Monday, President Barack Obama referred to American opponents of amnesty for illegal aliens as “demagogues.” Obama, who wants a “pathway to citizenship,” admitted it would require bipartisan cooperation: “There are going to be demagogues out there who try to suggest that any form of pathway for legalization for those who are already in the United States is unacceptable,” he said.

House Health Care Legislation May Lead to ‘Unintended Consequences,’ Republican Senator Says
– Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, says health care legislation crafted in the House “is so poorly cobbled together that it will have all kinds of unintended consequences.” Grassley announced on Thursday that the Senate Finance Committee has dropped end-of-life provisions from its health care legislation — “entirely because of the way they could be misinterpreted and implemented incorrectly.” That’s apparently what many town hall attendees fear.

Tax Credits for ‘Green Energy Technology’ Include Solar Power and Electric Cars
– Vice President Joe Biden announced Thursday that $2.3 billion in tax credits are now available for American manufacturers that produce “clean energy” equipment, but critics of the program say the credits subsidize businesses that are not competitive in the free market.

Global Warming Bill Would Cut U.S. Economic Growth, Study Says
– The bill intended to combat global warming that passed the U.S. House of Representatives in June would decrease the Gross Domestic Product of the United States by $2 trillion to $3 trillion between 2012 and 2030, a study shows.

Burmese Opposition Groups Troubled by Visit of Democratic Sen. Jim Webb
– Democratic Sen. Jim Webb’s potentially groundbreaking trip to Burma this weekend has some Burmese opposition groups concerned that the ruling junta will exploit the visit for propaganda purposes. Coming days after the military-led regime extended the house arrest of veteran opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Webb’s visit is the first to Burma by a U.S. member of Congress in a decade.

House Majority Leader Blames Palestinians, Not Israeli Settlements, For Stalemate
– A top congressional Democrat blames the Palestinian Authority’s unwillingness to return to talks, rather than Israel’s stance on settlements, for the lack of movement in Mideast peace efforts. In comments appearing to contradict those of the Obama administration, U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on Thursday played down the importance of the settlement issue.

Gov’t-run healthcare would ‘stifle innovation’
Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum says his overarching concern about President Obama’s healthcare plan is that it takes away Americans’ right to privately contract for healthcare services and gives that responsibility to the government.

TX congresswoman accused of ‘elitism’
A liberal Texas congresswoman is being accused of ignoring her constituents’ concerns at a recent healthcare town hall meeting.

Perspective: Etiquette for patriotic protest
If you want to avoid being flagged by the Democratic politeness monitors, simply follow these rules when protesting against the current healthcare reform measures.

$8 billion – just for ‘cap-and-trade’ staffing
David Kreutzer, a senior policy analyst with The Heritage Foundation, believes “cap-and-trade” legislation will increase an already bloated federal government.

Romney leads polls for 2012 presidential hopefuls
A recent poll of New Hampshire voters shows former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney with a large lead over other potential 2012 Republican presidential primary contenders.

Planned Parenthood Continues Boasting Close Ties with White House on Obamacare Bill

Harry Potter Star Blasts Parents Who Oppose Gay Sex Ed in Schools

Cardinal Rigali, Abp. Chaput Intensify Warnings Against Obamacare’s Abortion Expansion

Belmont Abbey Head: Washington Instructed Officials to Pursue Discrimination Charges

The Psychological Profession and Homosexuality: Lunatics Running the Asylum?

Sex and Porn on Top 10 List of Kids’ Online Searches

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