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Historic Decision By the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Hands Natural Marriage Supporters a Huge Victory!

On Thursday, in a 2-1 decision, a judicial panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit reversed district court rulings that had struck down homosexual “marriage” bans in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Because this very important decision for supporters of natural marriage runs counter to decisions by four other appeals courts, the United States Supreme Court will undoubtedly decide in January to finally make a decision as to whether the states have the constitutional right to make laws on traditional marriage and banning homosexual “marriages.”  If the high court does take up the issue, it is expected to be the very last decision issued by the Supreme Court next June.

The judges in the majority  --  both appointed by President George W. Bush  --  were Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Sutton and Circuit Court Judge Deborah Cook.  In the 42-page decision, Judge Sutton, writing for the majority, argued that all of the circuit court judges overturning the state constitutional bans on homosexual “marriages” should not have overturned such amendments because of the Supreme Court’s ruling in 1972 which “upheld the right of the people of a state to define marriage as they see it.”

Lame Duck President Obama

Never in the history of American presidents, has a second-term president become a lame-duck president as fast as Barack Obama has achieved such an ignoble status; a little over a half year after he took his oath of office.

Two weeks ago, almost all of the “wise men” (and women) on the television networks agreed with each other that Obama would win approval for his war against Syria after he made an announcement that he would do so.  Of course, Obama only did this to save face and to spread the blame around if his attack against Syria became disastrous as it was expected to do. 

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Senator Rubio: “It’s in God’s Hands” & Teddy Roosevelt’s “Man in the Arena”

Theodore Roosevelt, who grew up a sickly boy, became a Medal of Honor winner after charging up San Juan Hill during the Spanish American War leading his troops to victory. In Paris, France on April 23, 1910, former President Theodore Roosevelt gave one of his most famous speeches delivered at the University of Paris (the Sorbonne,) which included this key paragraph:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. 

1988 Candidate Dukakis: “The fish rots from the head first”

The Democrat presidential nominee in 1988, Massachusetts Governor Michael S. Dukakis, said about the ethical standards of the Reagan Administration, “There’s an old Greek saying … the fish rots from the head first. It starts at the top.”  Dukakis went on to say that scandal and misconduct had become “almost an epidemic.  It’s the guy at the top who has to be held accountable.”

However, the ethical standards of the Reagan Administration were pristine compared to the cesspool of ethics scandals and the rampant lawlessness of the current Democrat administration.  Dukakis could have been describing the current occupant of the White House as the number of major presidential scandals continues to accelerate under Barack Obama.

As the American people are now finding out  --   little thanks to the “see no evil” mainstream news media  --  because of the president’s frequent attacks on his political opposition, his underlings, including apparently all the way up to his chief of staff, have been shading the truth; lying to the American people and to the news media, and are committing crimes in the name of their president.

Trying to Change the Subject

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann accused the Obama administration of orchestrating yet another information dump on a “Friday dump day” at the end of last week.  Indeed, this was one of their most clever Friday dumps yet.

Two days following shocking revelations about what is arguably the worst presidential (cover-up) scandal in American history, the BenghaziGate scandal  -- involving the dereliction of duty by the Obama administration regarding the September 11, 2012 Islamic terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya and the preventable assassinations of Obama’s Ambassador to Libya; his fellow diplomat, and two Navy Seals  --   the Obama administration tried to change the subject to what has become another new Obama scandal.   

Shame on modern-day Judases: GOP Governors Christie, Scott, Kasich, Snyder, Brewer, etc.

During Easter Sunday, many millions of viewers who watched the History Channel’s record-breaking hit television series, “The Bible”  saw the conclusion to the series: the story of Jesus and his betrayal by one of his 12 disciples:  Judas. 

We have recently seen modern day “Judases” in the Republican Party who have forsaken their principles for 30 pieces of silver, or in this case for 3 years of 100% payments from ObamaCare’s socialized medicine scheme in return for the governors’ agreement to greatly expand an already-broken Medicaid system in their states; a system which is one of the most poorly-run health care systems in the entire world.

Palin was right. ObamaCare’s “Death Panels” Begin.

During the 2009-2010 congressional health care reform debate about the president’s signature law, ObamaCare  --  passed without a single Republican Senator or a single Republican Representative voting for it  --  Sarah Palin issued a “statement on the current health care debate” which warned about ObamaCare’s “death panels.”

Palin wrote, on August 7, 2009, seven months before Obama’s socialized medicine scheme was signed into law:  “The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel”’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “’level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.”

Obama Not Serious About Immigration Reform

At least, Senator Marco Rubio, the Republican Cuban-American from Florida  --  who is leading in most of the 2016 Republican presidential national polls  --  is putting his political career on the line as a member of the Senate immigration reform group called the “Gang of Eight” which is routinely condemned by a lot of conservatives.  On the other hand, the president  --  who does not have to run for reelection again  --  is “hiding under his desk” (Bill O’Reilly’s description of those people unwilling to come on his Fox News show to debate him) with regards to serious immigration reform. 

Campaign to Save German Homeschooled Family From Nazi-Like Tyranny

For some strange reason, Germany has maintained Adolph Hitler’s Nazi policy of persecuting families who want to homeschool their children which is a very strong and growing movement in the United States.  And also for some strange reason, the Obama administration  --  but maybe not so strange considering their own overbearing (some say tyrannical) federal polices  --  seems to support Germany’s tyrannical oppression of families who homeschool in that nation. 

This is evidenced by the fact that the Obama administration is working overtime to deport German refugees, Uwe and Hannelore Romeike and their 6 children, evangelical Christians who are homeschooling their children in Tennessee.  The tyrannical German government is demanding that the United States deport the Romeike family  --   who paid stiff fines when they lived in Germany because they refused to stop homeschooling their children  --  so that they can face probable stiff jail sentences along with their children being shipped off to orphanages.   Two years after they began homeschooling their children in 2006, the Romeikes faced Gestapo-like visits from the German police who were tasked to force the Romeike children to attend public schools.

What’s Bad For K Street is Good for Americans

“K St. lobbyists predict a big rebound in 2013,” blared in gigantic bold letters at the top of the front-page article in “The Hill” newspaper on March 5, 2013.  Let us all hope that headline is not true.  Because what is good for K Street is bad for American taxpayers and vice versa, for the most part.  Those of us who have worked on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. have friends who are or have been corporate lobbyists on K Street which runs parallel to Constitution and Independence Avenues, between the Capitol Building and the White House.  “The Hill” article reported that “K Street firms are predicting a strong rebound in 2013.”

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