Posted on April 4th, 2014

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Air Date: April 4, 2014

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--IRS receives more than 150,000 comments regarding matters important to 501(c)4
organizations; matters such as the shutting down of the distribution of voter
guides, whether groups should be able to hand out legislative score cards and
--Justina Pelletier is still a ward of the state of Massachusetts (See Crosstalk
4/1). Phone calls to legislators are still needed.
--The CEO of Mozilla steps down after an online dating service urged a boycott of
the company's web browser because of a donation that the CEO made to supporters
of one-man, one woman marriage.
--World Vision board member resigns in protest after the ministry reverses its
decision to hire employees in same-sex marriages.
--A Coast Guard admiral reveals that President Obama told top military commanders
to either supports his agenda of homosexuals in the ranks or find another job.
--Federal workers can no longer expect privacy in the workplace, restroom or
locker room.
--New Hampshire senators have approved legislation that would let voters decide
whether to amend the state constitution to provide special rights for sexual
--Michigan's Democratic candidate for governor, Mark Schauer, has tapped Lisa
Brown, a vocal marriage equality champion, to be his running mate.
--Utah's marriage law is under attack.
--Clark County Republican Party in Nevada edited its official platform statement
to remove a section defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
--Minnesota Senate passes the so-called Safe and Supportive Schools Act (bullying
--A House committee to meet next week on whether to hold IRS official Lois Lerner
in contempt of Congress.
--B. Todd Jones, the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms,
couldn't tell Congress why his agents made two visits to a Tea Party
conservative's location in a 13 month period but only after the conservative in
question requested tax exempt status for her group known as True
the Vote.
--Both Democrats and Republicans show concern about ATF agents using mentally ill
and developmentally disabled people to help them with undercover gun sting
--Newman Regional Hospital in Emporia, Kansas, is scaling back some services as a
means of countering the negative financial impact of Obamacare.
--The Head of the Maryland Health Insurance Exchange testified before the House
Oversight and Government Reform Committee that only 60,000 people have
signed up for Obamacare through the state exchange. However 73,000 were losing
their health insurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act.
--A California couple receives an envelope from the state's Obamacare website
called 'Covered California'. Inside was a letter that discussed voter
registration and included a registration card that was pre-marked. Next to
'Democratic Party' it was marked with an 'x'.
--The State Department is planning to spend $400,000 in taxpayer funds to buy a
sculpture for the new American embassy being built in Islamabad, Pakistan.
--An Arkansas mother was disturbed to learn that her 6th grade daughter's homework
was to prioritize, revise, prune and add amendments to the Bill of Rights.
--A Florida school district is giving teachers a refresher course on religious
liberty after the parents of a 5 year old kindergarten student said a teacher
told their daughter that she was not allowed to pray before eating her lunch.
--GOP lawmakers are alleging that the U.S. Government has been giving President
Vladimir Putin's Russian armed forces free military equipment regardless of
threats by President Obama against the Russian federation

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To encourage Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to investigate the Justina Pelletier case call:

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413-784-1200 Springfield Office
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Posted on April 3rd, 2014

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Air Date: April 3, 2014

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Guest: Larry Pratt

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Larry Pratt is the Executive Director of Gun Owners of America.

In yet another Fort Hood incident, 3 people were recently killed and 16 were wounded before Ivan Lopez turned the gun on himself and took his own life.

Why did this happen a second time? Weren't steps taken to prevent this from happening again? After all, isn't an Army base one of the more secure locations one could be at? Larry noted that nothing meaningful was done although they may have had seminars and/or sensitivity training.

He also noted that what gun control advocates need to remember is that of all the mass murders in America, all have occurred in gun-free zones. Since the Clinton presidency it's been a choice for the base commander and since the first President Bush was in office, gun-free military bases have been an executive order applied to all military installations. So if there's a shooting, those at the base must wait for the police to arrive and hope that no one dies in the meantime.

On September 26th of last year, Congressman Steve Stockman of Texas introduced H.R.3199. This is a piece of legislation that would safeguard military and civilian personnel on military bases by repealing the ban on military personnel carrying firearms. The problem is, there are only 12 co-sponsors who've signed on to this legislation.

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Posted on April 2nd, 2014

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Air Date: April 2, 2014

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Guest: Jim DeMint

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Jim DeMint served as a United States Senator representing the State of South Carolina from 2005-2013. He is now the President of the Heritage Foundation, a research and educational institute, whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values and a strong national defense. He is the author of: Saving Freedom: We Can Stop America's Slide into Socialism; Now or Never: Saving America from Economic Collapse and his latest book, Falling in Love with America Again.

Jim began by noting that We have to understand what makes us exceptional as a nation. America is the only nation built from the ground up, not from the top down. Unlike many nations that are ruled by a dictator or strong central government, America had a much different beginning. He referred to Alexis De Tocqueville who recognized that if an American saw a problem in their community, they wouldn't rely on the government to solve the issue. They would find some neighbors and they would solve the problem themselves.

Jim feels America's down-slide began decades ago and it was fueled by policies such as Social Security and Medicare that caused people to become more dependent upon government. Once government had the income tax, they began to control education and the environment.

He cited Obamacare that he believes was written by big hospitals and big health insurance companies who like the idea of forcing people to buy health insurance that they don't need or want. In similar fashion, the Dodd-Frank regulation was supposed to help the 'little guy' but all it did was bail out the big Wall Street banks who caused the problem in the first place.

Falling in Love with America Again is based on a quote from British Statesman Edmund Burke who over 200 years ago pointed out that the beginning of our love for each other and our country (what Burke referred to as our public affections) are those little platoons in our lives that make America work. This includes our families, churches, the businesses we work for, the shops where we purchase things and the charity groups we work in.

Jim also commented on the concept of federalism, the importance of marriage and the family, the centralization of power at the federal level, whether the course of America can be changed and more.

In the end, this is not a 'gloom and doom' book. Instead its a book the deals with what can rekindle the fires of patriotism and love of America once again.

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Posted on April 1st, 2014

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Air Date: April 1, 2014

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Guest: Mat Staver

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Mat Staver is the Founder, President and General Counsel of Liberty Counsel an international non-profit litigation, education and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics. Mat is also the Director of the Liberty Center for Law and Policy.

To begin, Jim had Mat comment on the following issues:

--Some VCY America listeners may have received something called, An American Community Survey. Mat has a paper on this survey available at 1-800-671-1776.

--Mat has been asked to represent Timberlake Christian Schools to correct the record regarding allegations coming forth from the media that an 8 year old girl has been asked to leave the school because she dresses like a “tomboy”.

--Followup regarding the sex survey distributed at Northland Pines High School in Wisconsin.

In January of 2013 Justina Pelletier (then 14 years old) developed flu-like symptoms and could not eat. She had been diagnosed by a doctor at Tufts Medical Center in Boston with a mitochondrial disease. At the advice of this same doctor she was taken to Boston's Children's Hospital because Justina's gastroenterologist had moved to that hospital.

After taking her to BCH she was seen, not by her gastrointestinal doctor, but by a doctor who had been out of medical school for 7 months. He did not consult the treating physicians, did not look at other medical records and in the end, he disagreed with the diagnosis. He felt the problem was not physical but mental. A psychologist was brought in and it was determined that Justina had a somatoform disorder (it's all in her head) despite the fact that all possible physical conditions were not ruled out.

A new one-page plan-of-treatment was presented to Justina's parents stating that the medical treatment she'd had before would be discontinued, they could not speak of anything medical in the presence of Justina and a second opinion could not be sought. Instead of signing off on that document, her parents asked to discharge her so that she could be taken back to Tufts Medical Center. BCH responded by calling in the Department of Children and Families and they took jurisdiction of the case.

In February of this year, the Pelletier's were put under a gag order because the Boston Globe was starting to do some investigating. The Pelletier's eventually couldn't stand it any more and spoke to the national media. As a result, DCF wanted to hold Justina's father in contempt. DCF filed a motion but days later, they backed off the gag order and contempt charge. The following Monday a judge approved the dismissal of the gag order and contempt charge and also approved a new agreement allowing Justina to go to Tufts Medical Center for treatment.

That was 3 weeks ago yet today, Justina has yet to be seen at Tufts Medical Center. In response, Liberty Counsel has filed a motion for contempt. Last Tuesday the judge issued a ruling saying that Justina will remain in the custody of DCF and that the burden of proof is on her parents to prove that they can have her back.

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Posted on March 31st, 2014

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Air Date: March 31, 2014

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Our legislators in Washington are supposed to know what they're voting on. In June of 2012, Representative Rand Paul spoke before the Senate and he noted the following practices that take place by our representatives:

--A 600 page legislative bill that not one member of the Senate will read before voting on it.

--Irrelevant items stuck into the legislation during the previous evening.

--A student loan bill at 6% that's creating income for the Treasury (to pay for Obamacare) mysteriously gets reduced to 3%. The shortfall is then said to be made up by taking money out of pensions. The problem is, over half of the pensions in America are already technically insolvent.

--At the time, Paul noted that the Democrats hadn't produced a budget in 3 years which is against the rules of the Senate.

Is it any wonder that at that time Congress was said to have an approval rating of about 10%? Is this what the concept of 'sacred trust' has come to? This is why Vic asked listeners the following question: If the institution is being run by the inmates, who are the inmates on either side of the aisle that could bring devastation to our nation?

Find out what your fellow voters had to say regarding possible solutions on this vital edition of Crosstalk.

Posted on March 28th, 2014

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Air Date: March 28, 2014

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Jim Schnieder hosted this program that examined numerous stories of particular interest to the Christian community. Here's a sample of what was featured:

--World Vision was going to allow for the hiring of employees who are in same-sex marriages. They reversed that decision in less than 48 hours.

--Parents with children in the Tuscon Unified School District outraged because officials have determined that transgender students can use whatever bathroom they identify with.

--Illinois is one step closer to becoming the third state to ban reparative therapy for same-sex attracted minors.

--Nebraska's lesbian divorce case could end up paving the way for marriage equality in that state.

--Legislation has been introduced in Missouri to repeal the ban on same-sex marriage.

--The governor of Michigan announced that recent same-sex marriages are suspended and would not be recognized. Now the U.S. Department of Justice has determined that those marriages will be recognized by the federal government.

--Democrats in Congress are pushing President Obama to put forth an executive order to bring about ENDA with regard to federal contractors.

--Senator Marco Rubio gives the go-ahead to the Senate Judiciary Committee to proceed with judicial nominee Daryl Gales to serve as the first openly gay black man as a federal judge.

--U.S. Justice Department now training law enforcement officials in how to better understand and help the transgender community.

--A decree published in the official government newsletter of Mexico declares a national day for the fight against homophobia to be celebrated May 17th each year.

--The Church of England will no longer provide resistance to gay marriage among church-goers.

--Kansas can implement the law that effectively strips Planned Parenthood of state taxpayer funding.

--Two key provisions of Texas' pro-life law upheld by an all-female panel of judges from a U.S. Appeals Court.

--Remains of as many as 15,000 aborted babies were incinerated to provide heat at 27 U.K. hospitals.

--Nancy Pelosi presented with the Margaret Sanger award by the Planned Parenthood Federation.

--Scientists are working on new methods of human reproduction that employ the same gene altering techniques used by biotechnology companies like Monsanto.

--The Obama administration now says more than 6 million people have signed up for Obamacare but Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn says critical information is missing.

--Several Democrat senators moved yesterday to improve parts of Obamacare due to concerns over possible lost House seats.

--Senator Harry Reid is supporting President Obama on extension of Obamacare enrollment because he feels Americans are not educated on how to use the Internet.

--Vice President Joe Biden says 11 million undocumented aliens are already American citizens.

--Jewish leaders in Ukraine have purchased newspaper ads to publish an open letter accusing Putin of dishonestly regarding the extent of antisemitism in their nation.

--Michelle Obama and 3 family members are staying at an $8,350 per night Beijing presidential suite.

--The Saudi government is refusing to allow the Jerusalem Post Washington Bureau Chief to cover President Obama's trip the Arab nation.

--An Egyptian writer is demanding that his nation sue Israel over the 10 biblical plagues.

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