From the comments section: This is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s part of a general trend on the left to eviscerate the right of conscience. Think about the Little Sisters of the Poor being required to pay for birth control. Or the homeschooling parents from Germany being denied asylum. Or the Catholic Church in Massachusetts being pushed out of providing adoption and foster care services…during the gubernatorial administration of the most recent Republican presidential nominee. I wonder how much longer resident physicians training in New York City hospitals will be permitted to invoke the right of conscience to refuse required training to perform abortions, given the public statements of the new mayor.
It is sad that we, in the 21st century, are at this point in the United States of America.
We should be willing to leave each other alone and have basic respect for one another. We should not wish to impose our views on others or force others to serve us against their will. Unfortunately, in the name of tolerance, a group of activists nationwide believes that if you do not worship at the altar of gay marriage, your business must be shut down — you must be punished. Sadly, they are also winning in court.
This necessitates legislatures passing religious liberty legislation to protect people of faith against the intolerant forces of tolerance. Such legislation has already passed Arizona’s legislature and I hope Arizona’s Governor will sign it into law.
Despite the left’s obfuscations, no one is claiming that Christians should be allowed to simply not serve gays. No one is claiming that or even arguing that. What we do claim is that a Christian butcher, baker, candle stick maker, florist, photographer, or priest should not be forced to provide goods or services to a gay wedding or risk losing their business on orders of the state.
GOVERNMENT WANTS ‘SOCIAL MEDIA ANALYTIC TOOL’ FOR ‘ONGOING MONITORING’
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking a “social media analytic tool” that will give the government access to “full Twitter historical data,” according to a solicitation released on Tuesday.
The agency is seeking feedback for a “possible future acquisition to provide near real time social media analysis.” HHS said it wants to use the tool for “ongoing monitoring” of public health issues.
HHS provides a long list of requirements, including “access to real-time social media posts,” and “access to full Twitter firehose.”
The agency requires an archive that goes back at least five years of “full Twitter historical data.” The government will also need “access to multiple account log-ins,” “real-time alerting,” the “ability to construct lengthy Boolean searches,” and a function that can filter search results based on the location of a Twitter user.
As a personification of pure evil for Ukrainians, the only man who could top the founder of the Soviet State is his successor Joseph Stalin, who exterminated millions of Ukrainians during the Holodomor. With luck they will never need to suffer the indignity of statues of either of them in their country again.
Maybe one day the world will even be rid of the Lenin statue in Seattle.
SEE THE MAP OF LENIN STATUES via Moonbattery.
Early this morning I received an email from Mrs. Annie Shyne, a former constituent, whose son Nicolas received a nomination from our congressional office to the US Naval Academy where he is now a plebe.
She was distressed over the intentions of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, former US Army Soldier, to decimate our military capability with deep US Army troop cuts. Her email expressed concern for her son and his future as a commissioned officer in the Navy or Marine Corps. She was even more disturbed over the abandonment our military families will receive by way of cuts to commissary services and pay freezes. We recently reported the level of food stamp usage by our military families and its unconscionable increase.
Then this morning, I tuned in to hear SecDef Hagel attempt to explain this ill-conceived budget decision — which certainly has our enemies cheering. It seems Hagel, in his insidious and dubious manner, fails to realize that the most technologically advanced weapon on the battlefield is a trained, resolute, and determined warrior.
Instead of “investing” in the most important task of our federal government — providing for the common defense — we shall now focus on “investing” in the expansion of the welfare nanny-state. There is no doubt where President Obama’s priorities lie.
The Obama administration is launching an “attack” on the Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D programs as part of Obamacare that will result in higher costs and fewer health care options for seniors, according to a U.S. House subcommittee.
The administration is quietly introducing “policies that would undermine the integrity and success of the Medicare Part D program” according to the subcommittee. President Bush signed Medicare Part D into law in 2003 to subsidize prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries.
The Daily Caller has learned that the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing Feb. 26 in Room 2123 of the Rayburn Building entitled, “Messing with Success: How CMS’s Attack on the Part D Program Will Increase Costs and Reduce Choices for Seniors.”
The administration’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a division of Kathleen Sebelius’ Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), recently introduced a new proposed rule on the Federal Register called “Medicare Program: Contract Year 2015 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage and the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Programs.”
The new rule “would revise the Medicare Advantage (MA) program (Part C) regulations and prescription drug benefit program (Part D) regulations to implement statutory requirements; strengthen beneficiary protections; exclude plans that perform poorly; improve program efficiencies; and clarify program requirements,” according to the Federal Register.
There are a lot of Americans who rely on wood burning stoves to keep warm in the winter. When Barack Obama’s EPA arrogantly moves to make every wood burning stove in America illegal, he’s basically saying to those people, “You can go ahead and freeze for all I care.” Well, one state is pushing back against the Obama administration ban on wood stoves.
A federal proposal to clean up the smoke wafting from wood-burning stoves has sparked a backlash from some rural residents, lawmakers and manufacturers who fear it could close the damper on one of the oldest ways of warming homes on cold winter days.
Proposed regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would significantly reduce the amount of particle pollution allowed from the smokestacks of new residential wood-powered heaters.
…Some manufacturers contend the EPA’s proposed standards are so stringent that the higher production costs would either force them out of business or raise prices so high that many consumers could no longer afford their products.
“There’s not a stove in the United States that can pass the test right now — this is the death knoll of any wood burning,” Reg Kelly, the founder of Earth Outdoor Furnaces in Mountain Grove, told Missouri lawmakers during a recent hearing.
The new case, which will be heard Monday, has all the makings of a showdown.
The Supreme Court’s first big battle over climate change was initiated by states and environmentalists charging that the Environmental Protection Agency under President George W. Bush had abdicated its duty to regulate greenhouse gases.
The sequel is the opposite: Different states and industrialists are charging that the EPA under President Obama has run amok with the power that the court gave it in that first case in 2007.
The new case, which will be heard Monday, has all the makings of a showdown. The court has consolidated a host of challenges; just listing all the parties takes eight pages of one of the briefs. An extra 30 minutes has been scheduled for justices to examine the innards of the Clean Air Act, which has been described as one of the most complicated pieces of legislation on the planet.
The stakes are described in apocalyptic terms. One conservative coalition warns that the Obama administration is attempting “perhaps the most audacious seizure of pure legislative power” since President Harry S. Truman tried to commandeer the steel mills during the Korean War. Environmentalists say the objecting states and business groups are trying to undo decades of EPA practice.