A South Carolina sheriff defied President Barack Obama's executive order to fly the United States flag at half-staff until sunset Monday evening in honor of former South African President Nelson Mandela, because he "was not American," and his supporters cheered him for the act on Facebook.
Shortly after Mandela's death was announced Thursday, Obama called for all flags to be flown at half-staff until sunset Monday out of respect for the global icon at the White House, public buildings and grounds, military posts, naval stations and naval vessels.
A Colorado judge says a Christian baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs, a ruling that a civil rights group hailed as a victory for gay rights.
Administrative Law Judge Robert N. Spencer ruled Friday that Jack Phillips, the owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver, will face fines if he continues to turn away gay couples who want to buy wedding cakes.
"The undisputed facts show that Respondents (Phillips) discriminated against Complainants because of their sexual orientation by refusing to sell them a wedding cake for their same-sex marriage," Spencer wrote. more >>
Even as ObamaCare is trying to self-destruct, its advocates suggest a détente in which "Republicans recognize the conservative nature of the law," in the words of Austin Frakt in Bloomberg News.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), they point out, incorporates some ideas from a Heritage Foundation proposal and a law promoted by Mitt Romney. Those are not, however, conservative ideas, much less good ideas, and are not a "sound chassis" for anything.
There is nothing conservative about the forcible redistribution of wealth. And even Wall Street Occupiers should be against redistributing people's earnings to Big Insurance, Big Pharma, Big Hospitals, Big Data Mining, and nameless unaccountable bureaucrats in the vast, ever-expanding realm of Kathleen Sebelius. more >>
The liberal mind, writes Dr. Lyle H. Rossiter, Jr. in his book, The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness, views the world through the prism of "pity, sorrow, neediness, misfortune, poverty, suspicion, mistrust, anger, exploitation, discrimination, victimization, alienation and injustice" for people who are "poor, weak, sick, wronged, cheated, oppressed, disenfranchised and exploited."
Of course, these "victims" bear zero responsibility for their plight, have no control over the rising waters of their circumstances, and must sit on the rooftop of their despair waiting for their government savior to rescue them. Liberals believe any malady known to man has nothing to do with poor choices, bad judgment or weak character. Instead it's the fault of capitalism, discrimination, global warming, white people, conservatism, big corporations, Christianity, the wealthy, Bush 43, Reagan….and so on.
With that kind of hopeless mindset, it's no wonder that I've yet to meet a happy liberal. More compelling is how easily once-normal people find themselves caught in Liberalism's spell which settles like a fog over the mind, and suddenly everything is turned upside-down. Right becomes wrong, wrong becomes right. more >>
I was astonished recently when one of my stepdaughters arrived home from public high school in Washington State with a red ribbon painted on her cheek. Sex education in the schools – which conservatives have tried to limit to abstinence-only – has now gone well beyond simple education. Today's students are being coerced into promoting and acting out the politically correct views taught them. It is being done so sneakily, using the authoritative stamp of approval by the public schools, that even my conservatively raised children were cajoled into participating.
There was no way to pull your child out of the daylong event. The entire school "celebrated" HIV/AIDs Awareness." A student group formed to educate other students about AIDs was responsible for putting on the event, and took over the front part of the school with tables and displays. On the tables were baskets of mint-flavored condoms, and students working the tables encouraged others passing by to take them.
Every few seconds, a loud gong would sound and someone would announce, "Every 12 seconds, someone is infected with AIDs, and every 16 seconds, someone dies from AIDs." The windows throughout the school were covered with HIV/AIDs awareness messages and posters were plastered on the walls. Almost every light throughout the hallways was turned off for further dramatic effect. The main staircase inside the school was covered with red ribbons. There was a giant wheel that students were encouraged to spin in order to see what disease they would contract. Students were lured into spinning it with the promise of a prize. more >>
Without a doubt, Nelson Mandela was one of the towering figures of our times, a man who became a legend and cultural icon while still alive. Now that he is dead, his detractors are demonizing him while his followers are canonizing him.
Senator Ted Cruz was quick to find this out after he issued a statement that Mandela would "live in history as an inspiration for defenders of liberty," noting that, "Because of his epic fight against injustice, an entire nation is now free." In response, some of Cruz's followers wrote that Mandela was a "terrorist," a "communist," a "murderer," and more.
Who then was the real Nelson Mandela? more >>