Posted on April 19th, 2016

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Date:   April 19, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider

Guest: Chris Katulka

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The Jewish Passover begins at sundown April 22nd and ends on April 30th. So what is the Passover? What is its significance?

Joining Jim to answer these questions was Chris Katulka. Chris is the host of the radio program, 'The Friends of Israel Today'. He also serves as a speaker, writer and blogger for The Friends of Israel and writes for 'Israel My Glory' magazine. He also leads annual tours to Israel.

The program began by discussing anti-semitism. For decades it seemed to be isolated to the Middle East. It spread to Europe and has become such a force that Jews are fleeing France in droves for Israel. London is no longer a safe place for Jews and Chris also reported that we are now seeing a rise in anti-semitism in American universities.

This phenomenon has even penetrated the Christian community. Chris noted that the Presbyterian Church USA is very pro-active in pushing a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement within their denomination and this is showing up in Methodist circles as well.

The ironic part of the BDS movement is that some Palestinians are asking that people don't boycott Israeli companies. Why? It's because those companies are where some Palestinians generate their income. So if you boycott an Israeli company that's located in the West Bank or in Judea/Samaria, you're not helping the Palestinians, you're actually hurting some of them.

Why is the Passover coming 4 full weeks after the time we celebrated Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday? According to Chris, Jewish holidays follow the Hebrew Calendar which is a lunar calendar so it differs from our Gregorian calendar. It's a Jewish leap year so instead of adding an additional day to the end of February, the Jews add a whole month to the year.

Chris believes the significance of the Passover is similar to what we hold dear as Christians. It's one evening that carries over into a period of 7 days of unleavened bread. The bread is unleavened because leaven carried the connotation of sin with it. In the end, Passover is a celebratory reminder that God set the Jewish people free from the bondage of Egypt.

As this Crosstalk moved along it explained the connection we have to Passover as Christians, witnessing to Jewish friends, the purpose of the red heifer and more.

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Posted on April 18th, 2016

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Date:   April 18, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider

Tom DeWeese

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Tom DeWeese is the president of the American Policy Center. Tom is one of the nations' leading advocates of individual liberty, free enterprise, private property rights, personal privacy, back-to-basics education and American sovereignty and independence and protecting our constitutionally guaranteed rights.

Tom believes we are being destroyed from within. He says you discover this when you talk to people from around the nation and ask them what's happening to them personally. He's found that people are being arrested for putting gardens in their yard, the equity in homes is being destroyed and fighting city hall when some of these things come up is getting harder.

From there Tom talked about the destruction of American industry by the EPA. Basically, the EPA has been systematically placing rules that make it impossible for industries to operate. The rules affect things like emissions, water use and the types of products that can be produced.

Congress is supposed to be the ones giving the EPA their authority. Instead, President Obama has been issuing one executive order after another telling them what to do and Congress is 'twiddling their thumbs' not saying anything about it and hence, industries are being destroyed.

Adding to all of this is the drive to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Tom noted that study after study shows that when this happens, a lot of jobs are lost.

Tom's organization has been fighting for years against Agenda 21. You may recognize this effort through its various themes like 'Smart Growth' or 'Sustainable Development'. Through this, Tom has seen a direct attack on private property rights that control what you can do on your property, the creation of non-elected regional councils and the funding of Agenda 21 through federal grants. In the case of the grants, they come with specific 'strings attached'. People are then finding out that the more those grants are imposed, the less input your elected officials have in what's taking place.

So what does any of this have to do with the upcoming presidential election? It's the fact that these issues don't seem to be getting much election related discussion. Since it's everyone's responsibility to become informed and communicate with elected officials, this Crosstalk can help as it presents a definition of 'private property rights', a review of the Clean Power Plan, the Housing and Urban Development's Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule and more.

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Posted on April 15th, 2016

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Date:   April 15, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider

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Each Friday, Jim Schneider presents listeners with stories that go uncovered by many news services. This week's stories included:

--U.S. Navy ship buzzed recently by Russian jets in the Baltic Sea could have
opened fire under U.S. military rules of engagement.
--China's military has deployed new fighter jets to a contested island in the
South China Sea.
--The U.S. and the Philippines will solidify a new and increasingly complex
military relationship driven partly by China's assertiveness in the South China
--India and the U.S. have agreed in principle to share military logistics.
--Budget cuts leaving Marine Corps aircraft grounded.
--The U.S. military charges a Taiwan born Navy officer with espionage for
allegedly passing military secrets to the Chinese or Taiwan.
--Switzerland is considering staging a tank battalion at its southern border with
Italy after news that Austria is ready to shut down the Brenner Pass between
Italy and Austria.
--Germany announced new integration reforms that will remove worker protections
from European Union and German citizens so that refugees can compete with them
for jobs.
--A former luxury hotel in Austria that was turned into a migrant center is the
site of an outbreak of a deadly bacterial disease.
--Number of children used by Boko Haram as human bombs has been rising.
--ISIS weapons cache found at a Spanish tourist hotspot and linked to a planned
terror attack.
--Syrian refugees are entering the U.S. at an average rate of 358 per week.
--A man who pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support to ISIS
attended a Bloomington, Minnesota, mosque.
--The Harvard University law school hosted a Muslim Brotherhood organized
conference on April 13th.
--The Citadel is considering a request that a student be allowed to wear the hijab
in keeping with her Muslim faith.
--A Republican state lawmaker from Tennessee has come under attack because she
disseminated copies of a video that criticizes Islam.
--Al Jazeera America is off the air.
--President Obama appears to be planning revenge against Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu.
--Palestinian President will have nothing to do with a Jewish Israel.
--10 mayors across America to form a coalition united in protest against states
that are passing anti-LGBT laws.
--The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has issued a final ruling revising the
definition of 'spouse'.
--Louisiana governor signs an executive order that gives brand new protections to
homosexuals and transgenders from employment discrimination on state-tied places
of work including with contractors.
--North Carolina's governor signed an executive order that serves to affirm and
improve his state's commitment to privacy and equality in the wake of new
bathroom privacy bill.
--Missouri's religious liberty bill continues to draw criticism.
--The Department of Homeland Security's naturalization test says 'freedom of
worship' rather than 'freedom of religion'.
--A Christian small business owner in Texas will pay for labor and materials to
place 'In God We Trust' decals on city vehicles.
--A voluntary religious lunch effort for students in Middleton, Wisconsin, under
--The Bible was one of the top 10 most challenged books of 2015.
--The largest private coal company in the world filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
--President Obama to sign Paris global warming agreement next Friday.
--A new exhaustive study on precipitation levels from Stockholm University in
Sweden indicates that assumptions made by the United Nations and other climate
change activists are badly flawed.
--A lawsuit can go forward against the maker of the rifle that was used in the
Sandy Hook shooting.

Posted on April 14th, 2016

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Date:   April 14, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider

Guest:  Peter LaBarbera

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In public schools across America tomorrow, there will be a demonstration to advance an activist LGBT agenda. It's called, 'Day of Silence'.

Joining Jim to discuss this event was Peter LaBarbera. Peter is the founder and president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality.

According to Peter, the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is the largest homosexual activist group. They also promote transsexuality and transgenderism promoting all of this in K-12 schools as well as colleges. This organization is basically attempting to inculcate children with the idea that they are essentially gay, bisexual or transgender.

Since 1996, GLSEN has been promoting their 'Day of Silence', an event that plays on the false sense of victimization that fuels the entire gay movement as well as the idea that homosexuality is a civil right.

Here's how it works: There's a card on the GLSEN 'Day of Silence' website. The card communicates the individual's participation in the 'Day of Silence' bringing attention to the silence allegedly faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their allies. This silence is said to be caused by anti-LGBT bullying, name-calling and harassment.

Jim correctly noted that the LGBT voice is not the one being silenced. Instead the LGBT voice is being advanced and promoted through things like school policies so actually it's Christians who are being silenced.

If this is happening at your child's school, listen to this broadcast and utilize the resources listed below to learn how you and your children can properly and respectfully protest this event.

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Posted on April 13th, 2016

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Date:   April 13, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider

Guest:  Bob Adelman

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All across the nation there are elements that are calling for an increase in the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Union involvement has gone ballistic. Some employees have walked off their jobs demanding this wage increase. Local units of government are taking such steps and most recently California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill causing his state to be the first in the nation to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. But is such a measure really for the good of the people and for the good of the country, or will such action boomerang and actually hurt the very ones pushing for the increase?

Joining Jim for this discussion was Bob Adelman. Bob is a graduate of Cornell University and has 2 degrees, including a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in economics and finances. His career path took him from insurance into estate planning and then into investment and tax planning. After the stock market crash in October of 1987, he started his own investment management company that has since been sold to his son. He is a regular contributor to The New American.

Bob believes a lot of union money is behind the push for a $15 dollar minimum wage. He noted that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) just last year spent 20 million to pay protestors to raise awareness of the alleged need to raise the minimum wage. Jim then added that in addition to that, 450 million has been spent since 2012.

According to Bob, this is a last gasp for unions. They are losing credibility and membership. They haven't been able to unionize the fast-food industry and this has been their attempt to do that. The union mindset seems to be that if they raise employee wages, the employees will owe them therefore employees will join the union and pay union dues. That simply isn't happening. In fact, the SEIU lost 9,000 members in the last year. So Bob feels that the more the unions push for this, the less credibility and influence they'll have.

But one question still remains. If the minimum wage goes up, won't people be better off? Won't they have more money to spend? Won't that bring in more jobs and generally cause people to be able to live better?

Keep in mind that the California minimum wage increase is being implemented in stages. According to Bob, this is being done because they know this will be putting people out of work but those same people will have a hard time complaining. At the same time it will be harder for the free market economists to prove the link between the increase in the minimum wage and an increase in unemployment.

This scenario has played out already through job cuts that have occurred in Seattle. They have implemented a gradual wage increase for fast food workers to $15 per hour. The result is that in the last 12 months, 5,800 new jobs were created in the State of Washington outside of Seattle. However, inside Seattle, 700 of those jobs have disappeared.

Bob admits there isn't enough data yet to make a direct link between an increase in the minimum wage in Seattle to this loss of jobs. He did say that it looks awfully suspicious that where wages can be determined by the free market, more people are being hired and when they're being determined by government mandate, there are fewer jobs.

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Posted on April 12th, 2016

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Date:  April 12, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider

Guest:  Alan Gottlieb

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While Second Amendment issues may not always get front page attention or top billing on radio and TV newscasts, undercover there are always attempts being made to advance gun control.

Joining Jim to present an update on Second Amendment issues was Alan Gottlieb. Alan is the chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and founder of the Second Amendment Foundation. He's authored some twenty books including, 'Shooting Blanks: Facts Don't Matter to the Gun Ban Crowd' and 'Assault on Weapons: The Campaign to Eliminate Your Guns'. He is also the publisher of and The Gottlieb-Tartaro Report.

In 2014 Alan appeared on Crosstalk warning listeners about a Justice Department program that aimed to put the financial squeeze on the gun industry called 'Operation Chokepoint'. There was some public backlash yet there were remnants remaining because we're still hearing about gun businesses being denied funds or lines of credit.

Alan said that while the program still exists, it's no longer aimed at gun dealers. The problem we now have is that the individuals that proposed it, with the support of Michael Bloomberg, are putting pressure on various banks and financial institutions not to lend to anyone dealing in firearms. In other words, the program is 'sticking' which is forcing gun businesses to try and find another bank to do business with. So it's basically the demonization of guns, gun owners and those in the retail firearms business.

President Obama has been under subpoena to release documents from the 'Fast and Furious' program that allowed guns to end up in the wrong hands. In fact, even some of our own border patrol agents were killed by guns that were part of this program. Some Republicans are saying that even though they've just received documents related to 'Fast and Furious', it's only a small amount of what's been requested. Alan confirmed that the documents Congress hasn't received are the 'smoking gun' that prove what's going on in that program. Whether these documents are ever turned over may depend upon who becomes the next president and who their attorney general is.

As this program moved along, Jim had Alan comment on the following:

--Why 260,000 veterans are having their gun rights revoked.
--California's Safety for All Act.
--The gun record of Judge Merrick Garland.
--The DC v. Heller court case.
--President Obama's actions make it seem as though he wants to release prisoners
so that as they commit more gun crimes it will allow him to further his gun
control agenda. Is that possible?
--What exactly is 'Constitutional Carry'?

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