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 on: March 08, 2018, 05:46:19 PM 
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The Dispensation of Grace
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

Many people have a mistaken notion that a dispensation is a period of time. This is not so, however, for the word “dispense” means simply “to deal out”. The word “dispensation”, then, means “the act of dispensing or dealing out”, or “that which is dispensed or dealt out”.

There are medical dispensaries, for example, where medicines are dispensed to the poor. Sometimes these dispensations are conducted on a particular day of each week. Such a dispensation of medicine may take a full twelve hours each week, but it does not follow from this that a dispensation is a period of twelve hours! It is rather the act of dispensing or that which is dispensed.

The word “dispensation” is used many times in the Bible, although it is not always translated the same way. In Ephesians 3:2, Paul writes of “the dispensation of the grace of God, which is given me to you-ward”. God had committed to him wonderful message of grace to dispense to others. Thus we read in Acts 20:24 his stirring words, spoken in the face of persecution and death:

    “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, AND THE MINISTRY WHICH I HAVE RECEIVED OF THE LORD JESUS, TO TESTIFY THE GOSPEL OF THE GRACE OF GOD.”

The “gospel” or “good news” of the grace of God: This was the dispensation committed to Paul for us by the risen, ascended Lord. This is always Paul’s message.

    “Where sin abounded GRACE did much more abound…the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His GRACE… justified freely by His GRACE, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus…by GRACE are ye saved, through faith” (Rom. 5:20; Eph.1 :7; Rom. 3:24; Eph. 2:8,9).

 on: March 08, 2018, 05:44:46 PM 
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The characteristics of the modern Christian pulpit!

(J.C. Ryle)

"John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him: You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath! Produce fruit in keeping with repentance!" Luke 3:7-8

Well would it be for the Church of Christ, if it possessed more plain-speaking ministers like John the Baptist.
  A morbid dislike to strong language;
  an excessive fear of giving offence;
  a constant flinching from directness and plain speaking--
are, unhappily, too much the characteristics of the modern Christian pulpit!

Uncharitable language is no doubt always to be deprecated. But there is no 'charity' in flattering unconverted people--by abstaining from any mention of their vices, or in applying smooth names to their damnable sins!

There are two texts which are too much forgotten by Christian preachers. In one it is written, "Woe unto you--when all men shall speak well of you!" (Luke 6:26)

In the other it is written, "Obviously, I'm not trying to be a people pleaser! No, I am trying to please God. If I were still trying to please people--I would not be Christ's servant." (Galatians 1:10)

 on: March 08, 2018, 05:37:43 PM 
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And not just that legislation. Last August, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced he'd co-sponsor the Taylor Force Act, named after Army veteran Taylor Force, who was murdered by a Palestinian while touring Israel. The act would stop American taxpayers from subsidizing the Palestinian Authority (PA) until it ended its reprehensible habit of providing terrorists freed from prison with a government job and a salary — one that is higher if their crime is more heinous.

The consummate no-brainer? Four Democrat senators, Chris Murphy (CT), Tom Udall (NM), Jeff Merkley (OR) and Corey Booker (NJ), voted to kill it in committee. And while the bill passed overwhelmingly in the House, it has yet to be voted on in the Senate.

Why are many Democrats embracing such hostility toward Israel? According to a poll conducted by Nielsen Scarborough, 56% of their constituents back economic sanctions and other get-tough measures against Israel, and 72% believe America unfairly favors Israel over the Palestinians.

Moreover, a Pew poll released in January reveals that since 2001, the share of Democrats sympathizing more with Israel has declined 11 points, from 38% to 27%. The decline among Democrat Millennials is even more pronounced: Approximately 27% of Millennials now say they are more sympathetic to the Palestinians than Israel, compared to only 9% in 2006.

Democrat politicians are apparently becoming more attuned to their social justice warrior sensibilities. Sensibilities increasingly aligned with the contemptuous notion that Israel is an apartheid state engaged in Palestinian genocide.

Yet Israel is only part of the dynamic, or perhaps better described as a useful distraction for the increasing levels of progressive-supported anti-Semitism per se. Nothing speaks to this reality better than leftist support for Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who once called Judaism a "gutter religion."

In a major speech on Feb. 25, Farrakhan remained true to his worldview, asserting that Jews were "the mother and father of apartheid," and declaring that "when you want something in this world, the Jew holds the door."

CNN's Jake Tapper sidestepped a media-imposed blackout and covered the speech, noting that despite the "inherent" anti-Semitism and anti-homosexual comments expressed by Farrakhan, "several leaders of the Women's March are supporters of Farrakhan and have not condemned him." He also leveled the same accusation against members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

The proverbial shoe fits. One of Women's March organizers was Linda Sarsour, who has long supported Farrakhan. She once insisted "nothing is creepier than Zionism," and justified terrorism as a response to a "racist, supremacist, violent [Israeli] regime" that views Palestinians as "less than human."

The Congressional Black Caucus? At least seven Democrats — Reps. Maxine Waters (CA), Barbara Lee (CA), Danny Davis (IL), Andre Carson (IN), Keith Ellison (MN), Gregory Meeks (NY) and and Al Green (TX) — have attended meetings with Farrakhan.

The same Congressional Black Caucus that buried a 2005 photo of Farrakhan with Barack Obama.

While visiting Israel last August, House Democrat Whip Steny Hoyer insisted his party remains "overwhelmingly" pro-Israel. Chuck Schumer insists BDS and anti-Zionism are anti-Semitic. Yet the New York Post reveals a painful truth — and perhaps the most telling harbinger of things to come — noting that Schumer is 66 years old and Hoyer is 78, while Booker and Gillibrand are only 48 and 50 years old, respectively.

Thus, the paper asserts, the Democrat Party's "reliable support for Israel looks to be a thing of the past."

Columnist Dennis Prager is even more assertive, declaring, "The day America abandons Israel will be the beginning of the end of America as we know it."

Not America, Mr. Prager. The Democrat Party. One on the verge of a moral meltdown fueled by identity politics, in all their tribalist — and burgeoning anti-Semitic — glory.


    Baltimore Sending Kids to Anti-Gun March on Taxpayer Dime — Democrats have erased any form of civility by exploiting our young people at your expense.
    Europe's Leaders Finally Admit Mass Migration Is a Problem — German chancellor and Swedish prime minister change their tune on the immigrant crime problem.
    The Blue Wave of Texas? — Primary day on Tuesday didn't pan out the way Democrats and the Leftmedia hoped it would.
    Religious Liberty, Tolerance and the Future of Freedom — We must make laws that protect equal treatment of all people, not laws that grant rights to some to the exclusion of others.
    Video: Dems, Media Just Don't Know How to Talk About Guns — Democrats and media figures have badly bungled gun vocabulary, gun laws and overall gun knowledge.


    Victor Davis Hanson: The Rapid 'Progress' of Progressivism
    Ed Feulner: Preventing 'The Tyranny of the Majority'
    Cal Thomas: Only Fools Believe North Korea
    Veronique de Rugy: Uncle Sam Continues to Stick His Head in the Sand on Entitlements
    Tony Perkins: Voters Stampede to Record Turnout in Texas

For more of today's columns, visit Right Opinion.


Victor Davis Hanson: "In the eternal search for perfect justice and equality, what starts out as liberal can quickly end up as progressively absurd. The logic of equality of result, rather than equality of opportunity, demands that there is always one more group, one more grievance, one more complaint against the shrinking and overwhelmed majority. The conservative ancient Athenian philosopher Plato once made his megaphone Socrates lament that in ancient Athens' nonstop search for perfect equality, soon even the horses would have to be accorded the same privileges as humans. Socrates' fantasy was an exaggeration intended as a reminder about the craziness of always-creeping mandated equality. Now it seems not far from the mainstream positions of animal-rights groups. If we insist that the human experience is not tragic and cyclical but instead must always bend on some predetermined arc to absolute equality and fairness, then unfortunate results must follow. One, what is welcomed as progressive on Monday is derided as intolerable on Tuesday. ... Second, when rules and regulations are always watered down as too exclusionary, the descent to no rules is quite short. The ultimate destination is nihilism and chaos. We see that now in Venezuela and Cuba — and increasingly in California as well."


Authoritarian impulses: "[Xi Jinping is] now president for life. President for life. No, he's great. And look, he was able to do that. I think it's great. Maybe we'll have to give that a shot some day." —Donald Trump (Not in a constitutional republic we shouldn't.)

The BIG Lie: "We raised more money in January ... of 2018 than any January in our history." —Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez ("The DNC raised $6 million in January 2018, the Washington Post reported, below the DNC's hauls in January 2014 ($6.6 million), January 2012 ($13.2 million), January 2011 ($7.1 million), and January 2010 ($9.1 million)." —The Washington Free Beacon)

From the "Keen Sense of the Obvious" Files: "We already have a far-left-wing opinion page." —New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet to a group of Stanford students

Alpha Jackass: "[The NRA] acts quite frankly in some cases as a terrorist organization. ... The NRA today is a far cry from the NRA that in 1999 said that teachers shouldn't carry weapons in schools. Or in the '90s said we should have universal background checks. They have in essence become a terrorist organization." —Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy

No, there haven't: "There have been, and I've gotta update this ... 18 shootings in schools this year." —Barack Obama

Braying Jackass: "This [lawsuit] is basically going to war against the state of California, the engine of the American economy. It's not wise, it's not right, and it will not stand. ... The attorney general is basically initiating a reign of terror." —California Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown

And last... "How dare you needlessly endanger our law enforcement officers to promote a radical, open-borders agenda. Those are 800 wanted criminals that are now at large in that community — 800 wanted criminals that ICE will now have to pursue with more difficulty in more dangerous situations, all because of one mayor's irresponsible action." —Attorney General Jeff Sessions announcing a lawsuit against the state of California and blasting state officials for obstructing immigration enforcement.

Join us in daily prayer for our Patriots in uniform — Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen — standing in harm's way in defense of Liberty, and for their families. We also humbly ask prayer for your Patriot team, that our mission would seed and encourage the spirit of Liberty in the hearts and minds of our countrymen.

Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis

Nate Jackson, Managing Editor
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 on: March 08, 2018, 05:36:35 PM 
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    EPA Chief Scott Pruitt is rolling back regulations and saving you money.
    Mueller's investigation isn't winding down, it's ramping up.
    Democrats are quickly slouching towards anti-Semitism.
    Europe's leaders finally admit mass migration is a huge problem.
    Baltimore sends kids to march against guns — on the taxpayers' dime
    Religious liberty and the future of freedom at the Supreme Court.
    Plus our Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.


"A wise and frugal government ... shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government." —Thomas Jefferson (1801)


Pruitt's $1 Billion Rollback at the EPA

On Feb. 17, 2017, Scott Pruitt — formerly a conservative lawmaker and attorney general in Oklahoma — succeeded in becoming the new face of the EPA. Democrats didn't take his ascension very well. In fact, Pruitt was forced to reinforce his security detail last autumn because of numerous death threats from ecofascists. The Left's adversarial attitude toward Pruitt is better understood when you consider just how pivotal of a role he has in the Trump administration.

The EPA just revealed that Pruitt's deregulatory endeavor has yielded $1 billion in cost savings after just one year. This was the direct outcome of nearly two dozen deregulations. More importantly, it's also only a taste of what's coming down the pipeline. The Clean Power Plan and Clean Water Rule are just two of the 44 additional deregulations that are currently on the agency's docket. It's estimated that the elimination of the Clean Power Plan could single-handedly save the economy upwards of $33 billion. With results like these, no wonder leftists loathe Pruitt with such tenacity.

Of course, this also speaks to the enormous influence of Pruitt's predecessor, Gina McCarthy. Much of the current administration's work is geared toward fixing what she broke and the billions of dollars with which she unnecessarily burdened the economy. Pruitt's progress could be even further along had he not had to first put out a massive inferno of McCarthy's making. Even still, he is making significant headway, and that will give the economy more and more breathing room. It's also a reminder that no government agency should ever have so much control over a free-market economy.

Mueller's Unending Investigation

Special Counsel Robert Mueller recently subpoenaed emails from 10 members of President Donald Trump's inner circle. This latest news seems to counter recent widespread speculation that Mueller was getting close to wrapping up his investigation, as it will likely take months to go through those emails. It also undermines the assertion that the investigation had turned from focusing on Trump; it clearly hasn't.

Judge Andrew Napolitano stated this week, "I believe he's gearing up and the president remains in his crosshairs." In fact, Napolitano noted, "There are actually three sets of legal crosshairs, so to speak. One seeks to determine whether the Trump campaign received 'anything of value' from any foreign national or foreign government, and whether Trump personally approved of it — a felony. Another inquiry seeks to determine whether the president himself attempted to obstruct the work of the Mueller grand juries by firing then-FBI Director James Comey for a corrupt reason, one that is self-serving and lacking a bona fide governmental purpose — also a felony. The third inquiry seeks to examine whether Trump misused or misrepresented corporate funds or bank loans in his pre-presidential life — another felony. On this last point, he has already been accused by Nunberg, and the grand jury no doubt will hear about it."

Finally, Napolitano says, Mueller's grand juries "could go to the end of Trump's term." So it's looking more likely that the country and Trump will have to endure many more months, even years, of a continued cloud over this presidency.

Gary Bauer observes, "Every day since the election, the Trump administration has been hobbled and hounded by a hostile media and a resistance movement fueled by the fantasy that Trump will be impeached because of collusion with Russia. Every day that Mueller continues his investigation — continues distracting the administration and dividing our country — is a victory for [Vladimir] Putin's strategy." Which is just what the Democrats ordered.

Top Headlines

    DOJ to give House Oversight panel more "Fast and Furious" documents (The Hill)

    $35,952,800,000: U.S.-China trade deficit set January record (CNS News)

    Democrat obstruction leads to more court vacancies than when Trump took office (The Daily Signal)

    Video: How an Obama-era precedent may doom California's "sanctuary" efforts (National Review)

    Federal court extends workplace sex-discrimination protections to people who identify as transgender (National Review)

    NYT corrects piece about couple's tax increase under new law to admit their taxes would go down (The Washington Free Beacon)

    After Florida assault, predictably, more than 600 copycat threats have targeted schools (USA Today)

    If Aetna can afford a six-figure contribution for gun control, why are health insurers asking for a multi-billion dollar federal bailout for the ObamaCare exchanges? (The Federalist)

    America should ban civilian guns to protect human rights, Chinese communist dictatorship says through state-run media (The Washington Free Beacon)

    Humor: IRS still waiting for liberals to voluntarily mail their refund checks back (The Babylon Bee)

    Policy: Taking a chisel, not a hammer, to Dodd-Frank isn't enough — but it's a start (Investor's Business Daily)

    Policy: Uncle Sam must rein in retirement benefits or we're headed for economic disaster (Manhattan Institute)

Slouching Towards Anti-Semitism

By Arnold Ahlert

At the 2012 Democrat Party Convention, the effort to reinstate the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital into the party's platform was met with a chorus of boos loud enough to completely fluster convention chairman and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. After calling for a vote three times, Villaraigosa simply decided the "ayes" were in the majority — an assertion met with another chorus of boos. An anomalous moment?

Clarifying is more like it. "The California Democratic Party adopted a resolution at their annual convention on Sunday to oppose federal bills intended to thwart the movement to boycott Israel," The Forward reported on Feb. 28.

In 1977, Congress passed legislation prohibiting Americans from complying with foreign government-imposed boycotts against nations friendly to the United States. It was supported by the Business Roundtable, American Jewish organizations and Jimmy Carter's administration. In 2017, Congress sought to update that law with the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, adding international organizations like the United Nations or the EU that might also be inclined to pressure businesses to boycott the Jewish State.

This effort was aimed at defusing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which has been the radical Left's favorite pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel platform, with all the attendant assertions of Israeli "occupation" of Palestinian territories included.

"Radical" is a key word here. In 2016, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 2844. The anti-discrimination law made it clear that California's government would bar companies that engage in discrimination against any sovereign nation from doing business with the state. Sec. 2. (c) of the law specifically barred discrimination against "the nation and people of Israel." The State Senate approved the bill by a vote of 34 to 1, and the State Assembly approved it by a vote of 69 to 1.

Eighteen months later, these same Democrats opposed federal legislation similar to the bill they had passed almost unanimously. Thus, what used to be "radical" leftist politics is now mainstream Democrats Party politics in the Golden State — all the attendant anti-Semitic implications included.

Is it just Golden State Democrats? The ACLU branded versions of the act making its way through both chambers of Congress as anti-First Amendment, despite the reality that nothing prevents anyone from expressing any opinion about Israel. Yet that was all the necessary cover for Democrats fearful of their increasingly leftist, pro-BDS base. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand withdrew her support for the bill, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren hedged, insisting, "The boycott is wrong, but I think outlawing protected free speech activity violates our basic Constitution." Democrat Senators Chris Murphy (CT) and Tammy Duckworth (IL) and Rep. Joe Kennedy (MA) were also vacillating with regard to the legislation.

 on: March 08, 2018, 08:39:06 AM 
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The Flame of Gifts

“Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.” (2 Timothy 1:6)

The apostle Paul uses more unique words in his writings than any other Bible author. Such is the case with the verb anazopureo, translated as “stir up” in our text for today, which is a compound of three Greek terms.

Ana, a primary preposition and adverb, is most often translated as “again” or “each,” depending on its context. Zoon is a frequently used noun meaning “life” or “living creature.” And pur is a root word meaning “fire” or “fiery.” Since it is only used this one time in the Scriptures, the translation is a bit difficult to coin an adequate English word or phrase for.

“Bring the fire alive (again)” is certainly implied from the syntax. “Make each fire alive” would emphasize the implied multiplicity of gifts. The tense indicates an ongoing process, and the direct object (the gift) seems to emphasize the need for Timothy’s action—since God gave Timothy the special leadership gift(s) when Paul personally ordained Timothy.

Paul’s first letter to Timothy implies that the young disciple had allowed the “fire” to grow weak in his ministry. Difficulty, discouragement, or doubt can attack anyone. Apathy, pessimism, worry, or lack of confidence can spin into lack of support or encouragement from friends or coworkers. Whatever the cause, the results are the same.

We can quench the Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19) so that we no longer sense His leading. We can even grieve the Spirit (Ephesians 4:30), bringing conviction to us in an effort to bring repentance and restoration. Such discipline is not pleasant but is necessary (Hebrews 12:11). But if we are to live in active joy while serving the Lord, we must “stir up” the gifts that He has carefully given us. HMM III

 on: March 07, 2018, 05:56:56 PM 
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Church On Fire
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

The Chicago newspapers carried an account the other day of a large church, burned to the ground, at a loss of about half a million dollars. Our sympathy goes out to the pastor and congregation who, at best, will have to carry on for a time under makeshift arrangements.

But the account reminded me of the story of another church on fire. The crowds had gathered to see the fire engines pour water on the burning building, when one man spotted a friend in the crowd. “Hi Bob!” he shouted: “This is the first time I’ve seen you at church!” “Well,” responded the other, “This is the first time I’ve seen a church on fire.”

We write this as a special appeal to true, born-again Christians. Isn’t it true that if believers were more “on fire” for Christ, more completely sold out to Him, those who are now disinterested would be more apt to become interested and come to know Him as their Savior? We so soon lose interest or become discouraged, and quit. This is why the Apostle Paul, that tireless ambassador for Christ, wrote:

    “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (I Cor. 15:58.).

This, we repeat, is his exhortation to believers only, for God will not accept our money or our good works, until we have first accepted “the gift of God,” which is “eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 6:23).

Accept this gift; trust the Christ who died for your sins and He will give you plenty to do — the most rewarding service any man could possibly render.

 on: March 07, 2018, 05:55:24 PM 
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The sword of God's truth!

(Arthur Pink, "Faithfulness")

"Their speech is filled with flattery." Psalm 5:9

This is the identifying mark of the "hireling," the false pastor. He aims at pleasing his hearers, making them feel satisfied with themselves, ever patting them on the back.

"But he who has My Word--let him speak My Word faithfully" (Jeremiah 23:28.)--no matter how unpalatable it may be to the flesh, how much of a weariness to those who wish to have their ears tickled with novelties, or how loud the outcry against it is!

Ministerial faithfulness includes . . .
  loyalty to his Master,
  devotion to His interests,
  steadfast adherence to the preaching of His Word,
  dispensing the truth unto those whose souls are committed to Him,
  not mixing it with his speculations, much less substituting false doctrine.

A far higher motive than the pleasing of his hearers must actuate and regulate ministerial service.

Faithful preaching will render the minister unpopular, and will empty churches--not fill them!

"Then you will know the truth--and the truth will set you free." (John 8:32) Souls are caught fast in the meshes of Satan's lies--and nothing but the sword of God's truth can cut them free!

"A faithful man--who can find?" (Proverbs 20:6). Why is this? Because it is the part of fallen human nature to take the line of least resistance, and choose the path easiest to the flesh. But remember, my reader, whoever you are, that, "Lying lips are abomination to the Lord--but those who deal faithfully are His delight." (Proverbs 12:22)

"Be faithful unto death--and I will give you a crown of life!" (Revelation 2:10)

 on: March 07, 2018, 05:53:27 PM 
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By Walter E. Williams · Mar. 7, 2018 · https://patriotpost.us/opinion/54551-hidden-agenda-or-ignorance

Before we discuss violence with guns, I’d like to run a couple of questions by you. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every day nearly 30 Americans die in motor vehicle crashes that involve drunk driving. What kind of restrictions should be placed on automobile ownership? Should there be federal background checks in order for people to obtain a driver’s license or purchase a car?

The FBI’s 2015 Uniform Crime Report shows that nearly three times more people were stabbed or hacked to death than were killed with shotguns and rifles combined. The number of shotgun and rifle deaths totaled 548. People who were stabbed or hacked to death totaled 1,573. Should there be federal background checks and waiting periods for knife purchases?

Any mature and reasonable person would argue that it is utter nonsense to deal with drunk driving deaths and knife deaths by having federal background checks and waiting periods to obtain a driver’s license or to purchase a car or knife. One would recognize, just as courts and the general public do, that cars and knives are inanimate objects and cannot act on their own. Therefore, if we want to do something about deaths resulting from drunk driving or being stabbed or hacked to death, we must focus on individuals. It would be folly and gross negligence of victims for us to focus on inanimate objects like cars and knives. Guns are also inanimate objects and like cars and knives cannot act on their own. It’s also plain folly to focus on guns in the cases of shooting deaths.

What about the availability of guns? It turns out that for most of our history, a person could walk into hardware and department stores or a gun store, virtually anywhere in the United States, and purchase a rifle or pistol. The 1902 Sears mail-order catalog had 35 pages of firearm advertisements. Other catalogs and magazines from the 1940s, ‘50s and '60s were full of gun advertisements directed to both youngsters and parents. “What Every Parent Should Know When a Boy or Girl Wants a Gun” was published by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Another magazine advertised, “Get This Cowboy Carbine with Your Christmas Money.” Just a few states even had age restrictions for buying guns. Private transfers of guns to juveniles were unrestricted. Often a 12th or 14th birthday present, from a father to his son, was a shiny new .22 caliber rifle.

Today, there is far less availability of shotguns, rifles and pistols than any time in our history. That historical fact should raise the question: Despite the greater accessibility to guns in previous decades, why wasn’t there the kind of violence we see with today’s far more restricted access to guns? Have rifles and pistols changed their behavior from yesteryear and they are now out committing mayhem and evil? To answer in the affirmative can be dismissed as pure lunacy. Thus, if guns haven’t changed, then it must be that people have changed. Half-witted psychobabble such as stopping children from playing schoolyard games like cops 'n’ robbers and cowboys ‘n’ Indians won’t do much. Calling for more gun restrictions, gun-free zones and other measures have been for naught.

We must own up to the fact that laws and regulations alone cannot produce a civilized society. Morality is society’s first line of defense against uncivilized behavior. Moral standards of conduct have been under siege in our country for over a half a century. Moral absolutes have been abandoned as guiding principles. We’ve been taught not to be judgmental, that one lifestyle or set of values is just as good as another. We no longer hold people accountable for their behavior and we accept excuse-making. Problems of murder, mayhem and other forms of anti-social behavior will continue until we regain our moral footing.


 on: March 07, 2018, 05:45:21 PM 
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As The Federalist’s David Harsanyi notes29,“One day Sen. Jeff Flake is warning America30 about rising Stalinism and the next he’s supporting a bill that strips the rights of citizens who’ve been arbitrarily placed on secret government lists without any probable cause or due process.”

Indeed, Flake’s bill represents an egregious infringement of the citizens’ First, Second, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights, giving often incompetent and/or abusively partisan bureaucrats the power to prohibit both travel and self-defense based on an inaccurate, extrajudicial government list.

Both the NRA and the ACLU, which agree on very little, nevertheless concur that the “No-Fly, No-Buy” bill is bad legislation, and even leftist rags like The New York Times and Los Angeles Times31 published editorials in 2014 arguing that such a ban is unconstitutional.

Why? The no-fly list is arbitrary; hundreds of thousands of Americans placed on the list have not only committed no crime but are not even suspected of committing a crime. By the government’s own admission, 40% of those on the watchlist32 have “no affiliation with recognized terrorism groups.”

The Washington Examiner’s Philip Wegmann reports33, “According to congressional testimony from 2014, the FBI estimates that those lists ‘currently stands at about 800,000 identities.’ Those names aren’t public though, and neither is the selection criteria. There is only one way to find out if your name is in that database: try boarding a plane.”

The watchlist is so riddled with errors that Congressmen Tom McClintock (R-CA) and John Lewis (D-GA), as well as the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) found themselves on it. Despite their connections, it took months to get them removed. Granted, Kennedy probably should not have been allowed to drive a car, but that was no reason to keep him from flying. Regardless, if it took a U.S. senator and a congressman months to get off the list, what chance does the average citizen have of righting this injustice?

Though Democrats are pushing the bill, minorities will be hurt most34, especially those of Middle Eastern descent with names similar to actual terrorists. That may seem ironic — until we consider the effect of most Democrat policies. Still, one would think Lewis, who gained fame for bravely defying racist Democrats while crossing Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965 and who was beaten with nightsticks by state troopers, would understand the right to defend oneself from violent criminals and tyrannical government alike is not a right to be lightly infringed upon. Alas, he does not35.

While in the aftermath of this horrific tragedy it’s understandable that many feel a desire to do something, anything, to fix the problem immediately, the reality is that the solution will not be found in the law but in the culture; and an angry, screaming mob mentality that sacrifices Liberty for political expediency and a false sense of security is unworthy of the highest traditions of the American founding.

We wonder how quickly Democrats would change their tune if the proposed law prohibited these “potential terrorists” from voting or having abortions (after all, at least one innocent child is killed in every one of the 900,000 abortions performed annually in the U.S.).

Guns are the tools of these mass shootings, not the cause36. The cause is a society that no longer respects the sanctity of human life. The cause is a society that actively erodes the traditional family bonds that create good and decent citizens. The cause is a society that immerses itself in graphic depictions of violence while pretending it has no impact on our collective psyche.

It’s time to address the cause of these tragedies, while leaving our sacred rights intact.


The Real Tariff Gambit39 — Trump indicated this week that Mexico, Canada and NAFTA have a lot to do with his tariffs.
Video: Trump’s Steel Tariffs Will Hurt Americans40 — The administration says tariffs will preserve American industries. John Stossel says that won’t work.
Burger-Flipping Robot Enters Minimum-Wage Foray41 — Memo to the Left: Companies will either innovate or be forced to purge workers or close business. There’s no in-between.
Is the Country Music Industry Turning Left?42 — Mike Huckabee resigned from the CMA Foundation after backlash from leftists in the industry.


Star Parker: What’s Driving the Opioid Crisis?43
Marc A. Thiessen: Tariffs Will Force Trump to Break Key Campaign Promises44
Michelle Malkin: Give VA Secretary David Shulkin the Boot45
Walter Williams: Hidden Agenda or Ignorance?46
Todd Starnes: Court Ruling Could Banish Memorial Crosses From Arlington Cemetery47
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion48.


Star Parker: “According to a recent report about opioids by the Social Capital Project, organized in the U.S. Senate, ‘the oversupply and abuse of legal prescription pain relievers is at the heart of the crisis.’ This has led to action in Washington with legislation such as the Opioid Addiction Prevention Act, which would impose limits on opioid painkiller prescriptions. However, Dr. Sally Satel … challenges this picture, which she calls ‘a false narrative.’ According to Satel, data show ‘that only a minority of people who are prescribed opioids for pain become addicted to them, and those who do become addicted and who die from painkiller overdoses tend to obtain these medications from sources other than their own physicians.’ … I believe Satel zeroes in on the real heart of the crisis when she says, ‘What we need is demand-side policy. Interventions that seek to reduce the desire to use drugs, be they painkillers, or illicit opioids.’ Here, I see an interesting parallel to the gun debate. That is, the center of the deadly problem is with the disturbed user or perpetrator, rather than with the instrument — whether it is a gun or a drug. The instrument is the result rather than the cause.”


Insight: “Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.” —Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

For the record: “Trump promised to champion forgotten Americans, but imposing a 25 percent tariff on steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum will hurt more of the forgotten Americans than it helps. The American steel industry employs about 140,000 people, while steel-consuming industries employ 6.5 million. This means Trump is imposing a tax — tariffs are taxes — that will hurt the 6.5 million in order to help the 140,000.” —Marc A. Thiessen

Upright: “Trade only happens when both sides think they are better off for making the trade. Win-win, or it doesn’t happen. Trade is always good because it is voluntary.” —John Stossel

Dezinformatsiya: “The former Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee, Megan Barry, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of felony theft for using taxpayer funds to support her affair with her bodyguard49. It was one of the big stories of the day with all three of the evening network news broadcasts giving it airtime. The only problem was with ‘NBC Nightly News’ not reporting Barry’s Democratic Party affiliation. … When former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens was forced to resign after the details of his own affair and sick cover-up were exposed ‘NBC Nightly News’ made sure to mention he was a Republican.” —Newsbusters’ Nicholas Fondacaro

Hell hath frozen over: “I think President Trump deserves enormous credit for ratcheting up that pressure [on North Korea] and making sure those sanctions were real. There was no reason the Obama administration couldn’t have done that, and they didn’t.” —New York Times’ David Sanger

And last… “Today, there is far less availability of shotguns, rifles and pistols than any time in our history. That historical fact should raise the question: Despite the greater accessibility to guns in previous decades, why wasn’t there the kind of violence we see with today’s far more restricted access to guns? … We must own up to the fact that laws and regulations alone cannot produce a civilized society. Morality is society’s first line of defense against uncivilized behavior.” —Walter Williams

Join us in daily prayer for our Patriots in uniform — Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen — standing in harm’s way in defense of Liberty, and for their families. We also humbly ask prayer for your Patriot team, that our mission would seed and encourage the spirit of Liberty in the hearts and minds of our countrymen.

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Nate Jackson, Managing Editor
Mark Alexander, Publisher

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DOJ is suing California over the state’s obstruction of immigration enforcement.
The unconstitutional no-fly, no-buy proposal still won’t stop mass murder.
Is North Korea really willing to denuclearize? Nope.
Trump’s real tariff gambit has a lot to do with NAFTA.
A burger-flipping robot enters the minimum-wage foray.
Is the country music industry turning left?
Plus our Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.


“If it be asked, What is the most sacred duty and the greatest source of our security in a Republic? The answer would be, An inviolable respect for the Constitution and Laws - the first growing out of the last.” —Alexander Hamilton (1794)


DOJ Sues California Over Immigration Obstruction1

By Nate Jackson

The Justice Department filed suit Tuesday against the state of California over the Golden State’s obstruction of federal immigration law. Specifically, the DOJ seeks an injunction against three recent California laws that are deliberately interfering with immigration enforcement. One law prevents businesses from cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials by giving workers extra “protections.” Another grants authority to state officials to inspect and monitor Department of Homeland Security-run detention facilities in California. And the third is the infamous sanctuary state law2 that took effect Jan. 1 — the law prohibits state or local law enforcement officials from notifying their federal counterparts when an illegal alien ends up in custody, or from transferring those prisoners.

Laws meant to protect the lawless are ironic, indeed.

“The Department of Justice and the Trump Administration are going to fight these unjust, unfair and unconstitutional policies,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Last year, the Justice Department also moved to defund sanctuary cities3, which is being challenged in court.

California is a key battleground because an estimated 2.5 million illegals reside there. That number will no doubt increase. State Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who is named in the DOJ suit, insists California will continue to “keep our communities safe.” In fact, he argues, “We believe we are in full compliance with the federal Constitution and federal law.” Democrats sure have a funny way of defining those terms.

In some cases, the state is doing even more than claiming supremacy of state law over federal law, in violation of the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause (Article VI, Clause 2). One example is the recent case of Oakland’s Democrat mayor, Libby Schaaf, publicly warning illegals of upcoming ICE raids4, saving an estimated 800 illegals from arrest. It’s one thing to leave enforcement of federal law to the feds and another to actively obstruct that enforcement. Such is the way of today’s Democrat Party.

Is North Korea Really Willing to Denuclearize? Nope.5

By Thomas Gallatin

On Tuesday, after North and South Korean officials engaged in diplomatic talks (importantly, talks initiated by the North), South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s office stated, “The North Korean side clearly stated its willingness to denuclearize. It made it clear that it would have no reason to keep nuclear weapons if the military threat to the North was eliminated and its security guaranteed.” That’s a seemingly significant about-face from mere months ago, when North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un was threatening6 “thousands-fold” vengeance, “Armageddon” and vowing to annihilate the U.S. down to “the last man on this planet.” So did Kim just get religion? Not likely.

This is a game the world has seen — and fallen for — too many times. The provoking nation invites the world’s ire and subsequent sanctions, only to then signal a desire to negotiate and willingness to change its provocative ways. Soon it obtains sanctions relief, only to later renege on its promised changes while leveling blame on the other negotiating parties for supposedly failing to uphold their end of the bargain. Kim Jong-un is attempting to play this gambit — the same one both his father and grandfather successfully exploited.

So what is Kim really after here? It appears that his objective is two-fold, and his dangling the carrot of “denuclearization” is merely a ruse that he will quickly pull back as soon as his demands are met. Recall his stated belief that his nuclear arsenal is his “treasured sword.” Kim’s first objective is gaining concessions from South Korea, the UN and possibly the U.S. for sanctions relief. Note the significant effort employed by the rogue regime to promote a feel-good, positive image of North Korea to the world during the recent Winter Olympics — a propaganda effort aided happily by the American Leftmedia7.

Second, Kim is aiming to drive a wedge between South Korea and the U.S. with the ultimate goal of pushing all U.S. military presence out of the South. Kim keenly is exploiting a sentiment that has long been expressed by liberals in South Korea who tend to hold a negative view of the U.S.‘s long-running military presence in their country. Kim is also astutely aware of the fact that the South Korean president is a member of the liberal party, which holds a more dovish policy stance toward their northern neighbors and is the same party Kim Jong-il successfully exploited via the “Sunshine policy.”

From North Korea’s sudden desire to negotiate we are learning that President Donald Trump’s policy of severe sanctions is having a significant and desired impact. This also indicates that China8 has begun to pull back some of its support from its rogue puppet, as the last thing the Chinese want is a war on their doorstep.

The U.S. will need to be cautious, hold the line and not fall for the same old dangling-carrot trick the North Korean regime has played time and again. If Kim is truly willing to denuclearize, then he must do so before any sanctions relief is implemented. Anything less plays right into his hands. But Trump is no dummy when it comes to negotiations, and he seems well aware of the cards in play.

Top Headlines9

Gary Cohn, Trump’s top economic adviser, resigns amid differences on trade policy (The Washington Post10)

How the U.S. squandered its steel superiority — unfair trade practices of foreign nations had nothing to do with it (Bloomberg11)

Donald Trump right on immigration, gang violence, Sweden finds (The Washington Times12)

CIA warns of extensive Chinese operation to infiltrate American academic institutions (The Washington Free Beacon13)

DIA: China, Russia engaged in low-level warfare against U.S. (The Washington Free Beacon14)

Stanford rejects College Republicans logo — because it includes an American flag (College Fix15)

Surrounded by armed security, hypocritical celebs16 lecture America on guns (Fox News Insider17)

Hero student of Parkland massacre files suit against Sheriff’s office and school (The Daily Wire18.)

Baltimore mayor pledges to send 3,000 students to anti-gun violence march (The Hill19)

Study: Women leaving STEM fields to pursue “social justice” degrees (PJ Media20)

Policy: Heritage ranked No. 1 globally for impact on public policy (The Heritage Foundation21)

Policy: Be wary of North Korea’s sudden turn towards diplomacy (New York Post22)

For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report23.

Unconstitutional No-Fly, No-Buy Won’t Prevent Mass Murder24

By Louis DeBroux

Watching the CNN town hall following the Parkland massacre25 — in which Republican Sen. Marco Rubio and NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch were accused of being Nazis and complicit in the 17 deaths at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for daring defend the Constitution — reminds us of a truth written by 19th-century British journalist Walter Bagehot. He declared, “A democratic despotism is like a theocracy: it assumes its own correctness.”

During this inquisition, whenever Rubio or Loesch attempted to introduce facts or reason into the gun debate, a howling mob screamed and shouted them down. The mindless outrage, refusing to allow a different opinion to even be spoken, was reminiscent of the “Two Minutes Hate” in George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 — every citizen screaming hate and fury for exactly two minutes each day while watching a film depicting the state’s enemies.

This is what public debate has been reduced to, with one side demanding the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens be stripped without due process26, and accusing any dissenters of the most malevolent motivations and a desire to see children die gruesome deaths. It leads to a sort of security theater where “solutions” are proposed that do nothing to address the actual problem.

And while this is being mostly driven by Democrats (who, as Justice Clarence Thomas notes in his concurrence in the McDonald v. Chicago case, originally passed gun control laws in order to leave blacks defenseless against KKK mobs27), even a few Republicans have joined in, most notably Arizona’s retiring Sen. Jeff Flake28.

Flake introduced a bill that recycles a 2016 bill dubbed “No-Fly, No-Buy,” which would prohibit anyone on the federal government’s no-fly list from exercising his or her Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

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