Posted on March 4th, 2015

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Air Date: March 04, 2015

Host: Vic Eliason

Guest: Mat Staver

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Mat Staver is the founder, president & 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. Mat is the Dean at the Liberty School of Law.

Mat began by commenting on the recent speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before a joint session of Congress. He described the dire situation in which Israel finds itself regarding Iran's nuclear aspirations. In other words, this speech was not about his election and Mat believes Netanyahu would have come here with or without the election. He was cut out of deals, cut out of negotiations, he had top Israeli intelligence information leaked by our administration and he found out that President Obama was involved in secret negotiations with the Iranian regime.

Mat then commented on the 'tug of war' going on between the U.S. Supreme Court and the Alabama Supreme Court. Liberty Counsel filed a petition at the Alabama Supreme Court to stop the probate judges from issuing same-sex marriage licenses. You may recall that Chief Justice Roy Moore issued an administrative order saying that the probate judges must follow Alabama law stating that marriage is between a man and a woman. Many probate judges did just that but then there was another opinion issued and soon some probate judges began issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Liberty Counsel filed suit against approximately 5 of the probate judges and went straight to the Alabama Supreme Court. They issued a lengthy opinion that Mat feels is solid as it pertains to the rule of law, the intersection between state and federal courts and marriage. It ultimately says that probate judges must cease from issuing same-sex marriage licenses. As Mat proved to listeners, regardless of what homosexual activists might say or write, the federal judge who is at the core of this situation knows she doesn't have the authority to force same-sex marriage on the state of Alabama.

Mat also covered the circumstances surrounding the case of King vs. Burwell. This deals with the federal subsidies aspect of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). The original law never contemplated states opting out of the system. A state could opt out and not have a state exchange but if they did so they would not get federal Medicare/Medicaid funding. When the Supreme Court received the Obamacare case, Chief Justice John Roberts literally rewrote the statute saying that states can opt out and by doing so they don't give up their federal funding for Medicare/Medicaid. The result? Some states opted out anyway while keeping their Medicare/Medicaid funding and they have no state run exchanges. So now if someone needs to purchase insurance, in more than half the states there are no exchanges. In response, the federal government created their own federal run exchanges.

So if you're in a state that doesn't have a state exchange, can you get the same federal subsidy? According to Mat, the plain reading of the law says no, that you have to be in a state that has a state run exchange. That's the argument before the Supreme Court.

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Posted on March 3rd, 2015

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Air Date: March 03, 2015

Host: Jim Schneider

Guest: Jimmy DeYoung

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This morning, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel addressed a joint session of Congress. President Obama was very much opposed to this event and certain Democratic legislators boycotted the session. Even Secretary of State John Kerry warned how this might subvert negotiations taking place between the U.S. and Iran.

Joining Jim from Serbia to discuss this was Dr. Jimmy DeYoung. Dr. DeYoung is a student of Bible prophecy, conference speaker and an expert on the Middle East. He leads a ministry called Prophecy Today and has spent many years living in Israel as well as having led many trips there. He constantly monitors news regarding Israel and the Middle East and provides a unique blend of political, biblical and prophetic insight that is absent from the media today.

Why did Speaker of the House John Boehner invite Netanyahu to speak before this joint session of Congress? Dr. DeYoung believes that there's a good relationship between Boehner and Netanyahu. He also noted that Boehner needed something to grab the attention of the world and show leadership within the Republican party by allowing Netanyahu to make a statement, not just to the joint houses of Congress, but to the people of America about the danger of the Iranian threat, both from the nuclear and terrorist perspectives.

During the first half-hour, Jim provided brief audio clips of Netanyahu's speech for listeners to hear backed up by comments from Dr. DeYoung. The second half of the program then looked at the messianic goals and eschatology that motivates the leaders of Iran as well as the prophetic implications involved.

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Posted on March 2nd, 2015

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Air Date: March 02, 2015

Host: Vic Eliason

Guest: David Caton

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David Caton is the executive director of the Florida Family Association. The Florida Family Association is a national organization with the goal of defending American values.

Al Jazeera America is a television network that was at one time owned by Al Gore, Joel Hyatt, Ronald Burkle, Comcast and Direct TV. They, in turn, sold it to Al Jazeera English in Qatar. In 2013 they began reformatting and eventually was using the name Al Jazeera America 100% of the time.

The Florida Family Association started early on to contact companies urging them to stop supporting Al Jazeera America with U.S. consumer dollars. David's concern is that this money ends up back with the emirate family in Qatar, a Sharia minded nation that has supported the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. They also supported the election of the current president of Hamas in Palestine.

Al Jazeera broadcasts in numerous countries and David indicated they played a major role in the ouster of Mohamed Morsi of Egypt and with their election of the Muslim Brotherhood president. They are out for change and it's not the kind many Americans want.

Out of this backdrop came conversation that looked at Subway sandwich shops in England that are Sharia compliant, announcements running for Paralyzed Veterans of America on the network, a Sam's Club in Florida that made a donation to a mosque, school textbook publishers and their promotion of Islam and more.

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Posted on February 27th, 2015

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Air Date: February 27, 2015

Host: Jim Schneider

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Jim Schneider made Crosstalk listeners aware of the following issues being reported by various news sources:

--The FCC votes 3-2 along party lines to pass so-called net neutrality legislation.
--Former FCC Chairman Michael Powell not impressed with net neutrality efforts by President Obama.
--George Soros and the Ford Foundation donated 196 million to groups supporting net neutrality.
--A California public school has students bowing to the sun god.
--The U.S Treasury Department has rebuffed a request by the House Ways and Means Committee chairman to explain 3 billion in Obamacare payments that were made to health insurers (cost sharing subsidies) even though Congress never authorized the spending through the annual appropriations.
--Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell appeared before a committee saying she believes the U.S. Supreme Court will side with the Obama administration in a case challenging a critical element of Obamacare but if it doesn't, the Obama administration believes there's nothing it can do.
--Former IRS official Lois Lerner received $129,300 in bonuses between 2010 and 2013. Over a 3 year period she received a 25% retention bonus averaging $43,000 per year.
--Some democrats are shying away from the enforcement mechanism (penalty) that they themselves wrote in to their creation of Obamacare.
--Obama administration has designed a tool kit guiding pastors in their effort to promote Obamacare from the pulpit.
--For at least the 62nd time since 2009, Al Sharpton has crossed the threshold of the White House to meet with President Obama. This, in spite of the fact that he owes an estimated 4.5 million dollars in state and federal taxes.
--Homeland Security Secretary Jay Johnson failed to cite any law that authorized President Obama to give social security numbers to illegal aliens.
--Illegal immigrants who are able to obtain social security numbers and work permits could claim tens of thousands of dollars in back tax benefits.
--A legal brief filed in federal court in Texas warns that if the judge decides to reverse himself and allow President Obama's amnesty program to move ahead, it could cost the taxpayers 144 billion dollars.
--The U.S. military is shedding so many troops and weapons it is only marginally able to defend America.
--A Pentagon leak indicates that one of its training camps to help fight ISIS terrorists is in Jordan.
--The White House says it welcomes comments from the new defense secretary regarding transgender people serving in the military.
--The State Department has tapped openly homosexual Randy Berry as its envoy to support LGBT rights around the world.
--Southwest Airlines responds to e-mail regarding their sponsorship of the 'Creating Change' conference.
--A Salt Lake City policeman was asked to lead a motorcycle brigade at a gay pride parade. After asking to be placed somewhere else in the parade, he was suspended.
--Campus housing available for 15 alternative sexualities at Wesleyan University.
--University of Vermont officially recognizes 'neutral' as a third gender.
--Alaska becomes the third U.S. state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.
--Former Canadian health minister is urging Parliament to regulate places of worship and private schools to make sure they don't undermine Canadian values.
--A Florida city covertly spies on churches and demands licenses.
--Pornography is so out of control with federal employees that Congress has introduced legislation to contain this embarrassing crisis.
--The Senate Judiciary Committee votes to approve Loretta Lynch to replace Attorney General Eric Holder.
--President Obama hosts meeting at the White House with top law enforcement executives.
--Dr. Jack Wilke, President of Life Issues Institute, unexpectedly passed away.
--The Obama administration is getting ready to issue new rules requiring charities to provide abortions to child refugees entering the U.S. without their parents.
--Operation Rescue learns of another abortion clinic patient who died because the clinic couldn't provide the proper life saving treatment.
--4 women transported by ambulance from abortion facilities across the U.S. Half of the facilities where medical emergencies occurred were Planned Parenthood abortion clinics.
--A feminist confesses online that she terminated her own pregnancy because he was a boy and she didn't want to bring another monster into the world.
--The West Virginia legislature passes a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks.
--French soldiers guarding Jewish schools and synagogues becoming targets of attack.
--Islamic State opening English language schools for children of foreign jihadi's coming from English speaking nations.

Posted on February 26th, 2015

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Air Date: February 26, 2015

Host: Vic Eliason

Guest: Kristen Waggoner

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Kristen Waggoner serves as Senior Vice President of Legal Services with Alliance Defending Freedom, leading their legal and media efforts. She has participated as counsel and prevailed in several high-profile constitutional cases dealing with matters such as same-sex marriage, pharmacist conscience rights and clergy-parishioner privilege.

Barronelle Stutzman of Richland, Washington, is a 70 year old grandmother and the sole owner of Arlene's Flowers, a shop started by her mother. According to Kristen, Barronelle loves to serve her customers and her goal is to make friends with them and help them celebrate the important events in their lives.

Barronelle met and became friends with a man named Rob Ingersoll about 10 years ago. While understanding Barronelle's religious stance, he nonetheless identified himself to her as a homosexual. Knowing these things about each other they became good friends and worked well together.

In 2012 Washington began to recognize same-sex marriage legally. Not long after that, Rob came into the store and requested that Barronelle do his wedding. She politely told Rob that she couldn't do the wedding due to her relationship with Christ. She did, however, recommend 3 other florists.

Once Rob left the store, Barronelle thought they would remain friends. Shortly after that, however, the attorney general in the State of Washington heard about this story through the media and sued her both personally and professionally.

The suit has been ongoing for the past two years. Unfortunately more pressure has been added to Barronelle's case because the ACLU is also suing her so she is liable for both the attorney fees of the ACLU as well as those for the attorney general, an amount that will reach into seven figures should this go up through the appellate process.

Everything Barronelle owns is at stake in this case. If you wish to show your support for her, you can contact the attorney general as well as the governor in the State of Washington at the numbers listed below.

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Posted on February 25th, 2015

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Air Date: February 25, 2015

Host: Vic Eliason

Guest: James Gattuso

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The affordable care Act mandates that people buy health insurance. Complicating matters is the rules and requirements that these policies must provide. Then there's the EPA rules that control everyone's personal property to such a degree that even ditches and storm water culverts are sometimes considered to be waterways. There's also the control over food where the wife of the President has her hand in affecting school lunch menus or government mandated labeling of factors such as calorie content. The airline industry has its intrusive body scans and enhanced pat-downs of passengers.

The latest item that Washington is attempting to add to the list is control over the Internet by treating it as a public utility. Joining Vic to discuss this was James Gattuso. He handles regulatory and telecommunications issues at the Heritage Foundation and is a senior research fellow at the Foundation's Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies. From 1990-1993 he was the deputy chief at the Federal Communications Commission's office of plans and policy.

Net neutrality refers to the idea that all the content on the Internet should be treated the same way. While on the surface this may sound reasonable, the American marketplace provides varying levels of choice in areas such as technical and pricing option categories and James argues that the Internet should be no different.

While James doesn't see a conscious plan to censor speech or control content via net neutrality legislation, he does believe it sets the stage for that and puts the FCC and the federal government in what he referred to as 'the critical path' for approving what is transmitted via the Internet.

Where does Congress and President Obama stand on this issue? Does the impetus for net neutrality legislation involve purely practical considerations or is there a political element? Is there any merit to FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai's allegation that the FCC is misleading the public about the plan? If these rules stand, what will be the impact on the Internet here is America? These and other questions are discussed on this vital edition of Crosstalk.

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