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The First Amendment took a major beating in a California courtroom last month.

On Friday, 11/15/19, a jury in San Francisco’s U.S. District Court found David Daleiden and his team guilty of trespassing, fraud, and other infractions. Daleiden and his group produced the 2015 undercover videos (still available at www.cmp.org) that expose the trafficking of unborn-baby body parts.

The Thomas More Society, the Chicago-based legal group defending Daleiden, reports that the “jury handed down a multi-million dollar (over $2.2 million compensatory and punitive) verdict under the federal Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) law, among others, in favor of abortion giant Planned Parenthood.”

Thomas More Society’s attorney Peter Breen said: “Rather than face up to its heinous doings, Planned Parenthood chose to persecute the person who exposed it.” Continue reading

Ned Forney, Writer, Saluting American’s Veterans

Just months after winning his 1941 Academy Award for best actor in “The Philadelphia Story,” Jimmy Stewart, one of the best-known actors of the day, left Hollywood and joined the US Army. He was the first big-name movie star to enlist in World War II.

An accomplished private pilot, the 33-year-old Hollywood icon became a US Army Air Force aviator, earning his 2nd Lieutenant commission in early 1942. With his celebrity status and huge popularity with the American public, he was assigned to starring in recruiting films, attending rallies, and training younger pilots.

Stewart, however, wasn’t satisfied. He wanted to fly combat missions in Europe, not spend time in a stateside training command. By 1944, frustrated and feeling the war was passing him by, he asked his commanding officer to transfer him to a unit deploying to Europe. His request was reluctantly granted.

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The moment you gave your heart to Christ, you stepped into a battlefield. You were not given a special uniform nor did you go through basic training, but the battle in which you are engaged is as real as any military conflict. The major difference is that your enemies are invisible, lurking beyond your senses. Your conflict is NOT with those who have different political, social, or religious views than you. We make a mistake when we say hateful things to people who differ from us on those issues. It’s one thing to speak our mind, and though we might disagree, we should not be disagreeable.

This is not to say that we aren’t to confront people that break our laws and harm others. I’m thankful we have police officers and soldiers. Shootings, murders, thefts, scams, trafficking, and terrorism must be stopped. It’s just that the Christian has enemies that are beyond the reach of man.

Who are these enemies? In Ephesians 6:12, the Apostle Paul identifies our real opponents. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” The unseen devil himself, the master of evil, and his henchmen are the real enemies against which we struggle.

Where is this battle waged? The battle takes place in our minds. What I believe about God will determine my actions. That is why the devil tempts me to distrust God and His wisdom, and choose my own ideas. That’s what the Apostle Paul meant when he wrote 2 Corinthians 11:3, “But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your MINDS may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” Remember, the devil’s challenge to Eve was when he whispered, “Did God really say…” Continue reading

I feel like I lost a friend when Chick-fil-A apparently decided to throw Christians under the bus to curry favor with the LBGTQ crowd. Not that they could ever be “good” enough to please the radical gays, because the goal is not really tolerance. It is forced acceptance and celebration.

But one thing that truly galled me in this whole scenario was the mislabeling of the Salvation Army. To think of the Salvation Army – which does so much good work for people of every race, creed, color, sexual-orientation, whatever – as somehow anti-gay is preposterous.

In a similar vein, a few weeks ago a singer from England initially refused to participate in a half-time show at a football game in Texas because it was to benefit the Salvation Army. Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

Victor Davis Hanson perceptively pointed out that President Trump is being impeached for his thoughts rather than his actions. For instance, he thought about withholding military aid from Ukraine, but he didn’t do it. He didn’t withhold it in exchange for an investigation into Burisma or anything else. He didn’t withhold it all. Ukraine received every last penny of its promised $391 million.

President Obama, on the other hand, flatly denied military aid to Ukraine, even in the face of Russian aggression. This left Ukraine increasingly vulnerable to Putin’s acquisitive impulses and created the impression that Obama, and not Trump, is the true Putin “stooge” here. Hanson raises the natural question: was it a worse “crime” to think about denying aid or to actually do it? But if it’s worse to actually do it, why didn’t the Democrats try to drag Obama to the political gallows?

Democrats are so irrationally obsessed with harming this president that they have caused the gears of government to grind to a screeching halt over a non-crime. Continue reading

Sweeten Thanksgiving with this traditional dish

I know this recipe by heart because many times I helped my mother make marshmallow sweet potatoes on the night before Thanksgiving. Such chores were a bargain I’d struck as the oldest of four children, the deal being that if I helped my mother with extra chores, I’d be able to stay up late on Thursday nights to watch The Untouchables.

If you know anything at all about the controversies surrounding that violent television series—Frank Sinatra even complained about its depiction of Italian Americans—you’ll understand that I had driven a grand bargain. While my younger siblings were asleep in bed, I was watching Eliot Ness mow down a bunch of bootleggers with his Thompson submachine gun.

Anyway, for the recipe, start with however many sweet potatoes (or yams, after all these years I still don’t know the difference) that you think you’ll need for your family and guests. Peel them well, removing any “eyes,” then cut them into smaller pieces and boil or steam till soft. If it’s cold outside, prepare to have your kitchen windows fogged up. Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

When we point out that neither Socialism nor Communism have ever worked, their supporters simply smile indulgently and say, “Well, that’s just because the right people haven’t tried it yet.”

On that count, they are just plain wrong. Communism (or Socialism, whichever term you prefer) had its purest test in the earliest days of American history, and was an abysmal, abject, utter failure. And it was tried by a small group of people who were committed to each other, devoted to God, and were hard-working and industrious. As William Bradford said, this was an experiment tried by “good and honest men.” If this crew couldn’t make it work, nobody’s ever going to make it work.

Our Pilgrim forefathers landed near Plymouth Rock in the fall of 1620. They had left England aiming for the Virginia colony, but were blown off course and landed in Massachusetts instead. Left on their own, they established their own form of government and their own economy. Continue reading

We value the people who help us cope with life through various types of therapy. Physical therapy can make the difference between our being housebound or active. Sometimes, our mind gets confused and we need a trained professional to help us gain perspective and think correctly.

During this Thanksgiving season, I am thinking about another kind of therapy that does not require a professional to help us. It needs our personal determination. Giving thanks – I like to call it “gratefulness” – is a form of therapy.

Martin Rinckart was a minister and songwriter during the 1600’s. “Now Thank We All Our God” is believed to have been written during or soon after the Thirty Years’ War. He was apparently one of the last surviving ministers in the city of Eilenburg, and he used his few personal resources to care for refugees and perform funerals. These words were sung as he gathered his family to give thanks for the scraps of food in their meager home: Continue reading

A pint-sized pika enjoys a snack in its Columbia River Gorge habitat. Photo by Tim Carp, courtesy of Oregon Zoo.

New data from Cascades Pika Watch shows pikas recovering in Eagle Creek region

 Last year, in the wake of the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire, community scientists were relieved to discover pikas still surviving in the region. This year, the group known as Cascades Pika Watch — a collaboration of organizations and individual pika researchers convened by the Oregon Zoo — has even more to celebrate: according to their latest findings, the pint-sized pikas of the Columbia River Gorge are making a comeback.

“We still aren’t seeing numbers as high as before the fire, but things are definitely looking up,” said Amanda Greenvoss, who coordinates the zoo’s pika watch program. “This is great news for our pika population.”

This summer, thanks to a Citizen Science grant from the U.S. Forest Service, Cascades Pike Watch set out to see how pikas were faring in the areas most affected by the fire. They detected pikas at 45 sites out of 52 surveyed, a promising increase over the 18 out of 45 sites where they detected pikas last year. Continue reading

In his famous “Thriller” music video, Michael Jackson said, “I’m not like other guys.” I thank God that President Trump is not like other Republicans.

It truly amazes me that many high profile conservatives and Republicans still wish Trump would dial-it-back, don’t be so confrontational and behave more presidential. I feel like saying, “Are you guys nuts? Have you not been paying attention?” Desperate times require desperate measures. Donald Trump is God’s perfect man in the White House for such a time as this.

Do these people who are supposedly on our side not understand what is at stake? If Trump is not reelected in 2020, Democrats will kill healthy babies even after they are born. https://fxn.ws/2OjoQtP

Sixteen year old girls will have a double mastectomy without parental consent or knowledge in an absurd attempt to become men. http://bit.ly/35bhTlA

Democrats will roll out the red carpet to drug dealing and murderous illegals https://herit.ag/2Qr6hXp along with illegal alien children carrying strange diseases being admitted into our schools. http://bit.ly/2NWaBfJ Democrats’ Green New Deal promises to Continue reading

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