Posted on April 16th, 2014

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Air Date: April 16, 2014

Host: Jim Schneider

Guest: Mark Krikorian

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Mark Krikorian is a nationally recognized expert on immigration issues. He is the Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies, an independent, non-partisan, non-profit research organization. Since their founding in 1985, they have been providing immigration policymakers, the academic community, news media and concerned citizens with reliable information about the social, economic, environmental, security and fiscal consequences of legal and illegal immigration into the United States. He is the author of How Obama is Transforming America Through Immigration.

The White House is once again escalating a push toward implementing comprehensive immigration reform. Why the urgency?

According to Mark, time is running out for the House to pass the Senate's immigration bill. This bill would double legal immigration to more than 2 million people per year and promises to do a better job of enforcing the law so that we don't have the same immigration problem in the future. As Jim noted, this is merely at attempt to, '...grant the amnesty now and later we're going to figure out how to shut off the faucet.' Even though Mark feels they are sympathetic to the cause of amnesty, the House Republican leadership have said they won't deal with the 1,000 page Omnibus bill.

Mark agrees that the effects of the bill would grow the economy but not from amnesty. Instead it would grow due to a doubling of future immigration. The question is: Who are we letting in? Are these going to be people who will economically contribute more than they use in taxpayer funded services? After all, most immigrants are lower skilled, working individuals who make heavy use of government services. As an example he cited their own research showing that of families headed by a Mexican immigrant, 57% of those families use at least one federal welfare program. So Mark feels it doesn't make sense to increase the future immigration numbers if the populace is going to have to subsidize their presence.

The number of illegal immigrants is said to be around 11 to 13 million. That number is staggering because it's in the range of the population of these states combined: Idaho, Maine, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Montana, Delaware, South Dakota, Alaska, North Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming.

If House Republicans go along with the Senate on amnesty, will the new legislation fix the problem that created the illegal population in the first place? It's one of many interesting questions to ponder when you review this edition of Crosstalk.

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Posted on April 15th, 2014

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Air Date: April 15, 2014

Host: Vic Eliason

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Galatians 6:7 says, 'Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.'

Jesus was mocked and ridiculed by the chief priests, scribes and elders (Matthew 26:67-68 & 27:41-43) and by the soldiers (27:28-31).

Organizations like the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Atheists, Humanists and Agnostics at UW Madison (AHA), the media and similar groups may not realize it, but they're continuing this tradition of mockery to their own detriment.

If God doesn't exist in their view, why are they so upset? How can we be more verbal and effective in order to reach the mockers with the love of Christ in this dark world? Find out how listeners responded across the nation when you review this edition of Crosstalk.

Posted on April 14th, 2014

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Air Date: April 14, 2014

Host: Jim Schneider

Guest: Dr. Katherine Albrecht

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Katherine Albrecht holds a Harvard PhD and received her Doctorate in Education. Her research focused on consumer education and privacy issues. She also received a Masters in Education from Harvard with a concentration in technology, innovation and education. She is a cyber security expert as she focuses on consumer education and privacy issues. She is knowledgeable on a number of issues including RFID, Real ID, human microchip implants, government surveillance and related topics. She is the author or co-author of several books including: Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID.

Jim began this edition of Crosstalk with updates on the following stories:

--Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality won his appeal before the Canadian border security agency. They were trying to stop him saying that he was a potential violator of Canada's hate propaganda law because he was set to speak before an audience in Saskatchewan.

--The parents of Justina Pelletier of Massachusetts filed a writ of habeas corpus seeking to have custody returned to them directly. (See Crosstalk—April 1)

Regarding the main topic, about 2 years ago a programmer in Germany accidentally made an error in the SSL encryption that protects about 60% of the traffic on the Internet. It meant that for some period of time, websites were vulnerable to have hackers come in and obtain sensitive information.

Known as the 'Heartbleed' bug, it raises some interesting questions. For example: Why didn't the government warn the public about this? Is it possible that the NSA exploited this? Is your personal information with the IRS really safe?

Find out the answers to these and other questions along with what you should do to keep your personal information safe.

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Posted on April 11th, 2014

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Air Date: April 11, 2014

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The following are the stories that Jim brought up for listener discussion on this edition of Crosstalk:

--Peter LaBarbera, Founder and President of Americans for Truth About
Homosexuality, was detained by authorities in Saskatchewan, Canada.

--Legislation has been introduced in Massachusetts (HD-4212) to help free Justina
Pelletier. (See April 1, 2014 Crosstalk)

--Federal officials have taken to killing the calves and cattle of a Nevada
rancher as part of a stand-off that is shaping up to be the next 'Ruby Ridge'

--Kathleen Sebelius resigns from her post as Secretary of Health and Human

--Forbes reports that health Insurance premiums are showing the sharpest
increases ever.

--About 1,800 New Jersey families receive letters indicating that their children
will lose insurance because the Affordable Care Act eliminated a state program
for low income residents.

--The Governor of Iowa signs a Muslim recognition day proclamation.

--18 medical marijuana companies have registered with the State of Florida this

--House panel finds to hold Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for her role in
the 2013 controversy involving the IRS targeting of conservatives.

--A total of 1,422,976 new cases of Chlamydia were reported by the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention in 2012, the largest number of reported cases for
any notifiable disease in the U.S.

--A shoe was thrown at Hillary Clinton while giving a speech in Las Vegas.

--Emelia Maria Jesty becomes the first baby born in Tennessee to have a woman
listed as the father.

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To communicate on behalf of Justina Pelletier call:

Massachusetts House Speaker Robert Deleo--617-722-2500
Majority Leader Ronald Mariano--617-722-2300
Speaker Pro Tempore Patricia Haddad--617-722-2600
Majority Whip Byron Rushing--617-722-2783

Posted on April 10th, 2014

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Air Date: April 10, 2014

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Jim brought up numerous examples showing how the word is broken and that includes America. For example:

--Nations are involved in civil war.
--Nations are threatening other nations with war.
--Mass killings are going on every single day.
--U.S. influence is dwindling throughout the world.
--U.S. debt is spiraling out of control. It's at 17.5 trillion dollars.
--The separation of powers in the U.S. is eroding.
--Activist judges are filling in the gaps of the legislative branch.
--There's increasing antagonism between the branches of our government.
--We're taking life at both ends of the age spectrum via abortion and euthanasia.
--Traditional marriage is breaking down and being redefined.
--Schools are told you can't sing Christmas songs that talk about Christ's birth.
--We have a government that is directing health care decisions into our homes.
--Violence is escalating in society.
--City counsel members are being told not to pray in the name of Jesus.
--Americans are now divided on the importance of attending church.
--Doctrine is being de-emphasized while experience is being highlighted.
--Marriages are being torn apart.
--Adultery is becoming commonplace.
--Children are bringing action against their parents and vice-versa.
--Children are being left to themselves and their electronic gadgets.

How do we fix the situation? Jim opened the phone lines early to allow listeners the opportunity to answer that vital question.

Posted on April 9th, 2014

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Air Date: April 9, 2014

Host: Jim Schneider

Guest: Dr. Elizabeth Vliet

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Dr. Elizabeth Vliet is a medical doctor with practices in Tucson and Dallas. She is President of International Health Strategies whose mission is twofold: liberty and privacy in treatment options and preservation of the Oath of Hippocrates focus on the individual patient. She is a past board member of AAPS (Association of American Physicians and Surgeons). She spoke at numerous Healthcare Town Halls addressing the economic and medical impact of the 2010 healthcare law. She spoke on this Crosstalk as an independent physician.

Dr. Vliet discussed the top 9 ways the government is attacking senior citizens. Here are the first five:

1—In a 678 page rule proposed by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services in January 2014, all prescribers of drugs covered under Medicare Part B would have to be enrolled in Medicare in order to do that. With the new rule, the CMS is proposing to restrict the ability of Medicare beneficiaries to use their Medicare benefits if they see an independent physician outside the system.

2—Hospitals are increasingly classifying hospitalized Medicare patients as being 'under observation' rather than admitting them under 'in-patient' status. They're not telling patients that this means thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket costs as only 'in-patient' status is covered under Medicare Part A hospital benefits. 'Observation' status comes under Part B outpatient benefits which are lower reimbursements.

3—As of the Fall of 2012, Medicare's new rules deny payment if a hospital patient is readmitted within 30 days of discharge. That's a serious situation for patients that might get stabilized, go home and become unstable again for some reason. If the patient is not readmitted when it's medically needed before their 30 days of post hospital time is over, they may die. On the other hand, if they are admitted as 'under observation' status rather than 'in-patient' status, they get hit with a huge hospital bill.

4—Under Obamacare hospitals are forced to do fewer surgeries for Medicare patients in order to be paid more money. So if a doctor is employed by the hospital they may not tell you that the reason why they're not suggesting a surgery you could benefit from is because the hospital will be paid more if they do fewer surgeries. In other words, one's they've met the quota, there's no incentive to being paid less by doing more surgeries.

5—Except for government determined co-payments that are allowed, Medicare patients are not legally allowed to pay cash out-of-pocket for needed, covered services if they see a Medicare contracted physician. Patients have to find a physician who has legally opted out of Medicare if they wish to pay cash for services rendered or if they want to keep their medical records from being sent to the federal government medical database.

There are four more points to be aware of if you are concerned about your health care management. Find out what they are when you review this critical edition of Crosstalk.

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