Thursday, June 22, 2017

Protection Racket

There is a scam going on that is wide-spread and suicidal. It started with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It made it illegal to discriminate against Blacks. That meant all Blacks, not just good Blacks, but bad Blacks. The logic is absent. Even good Blacks need to discriminate against bad Blacks.  With the scam in place, the “protected group” was expanded to include all Minorities, Women, Handicapped, Aged and Religions.

Individuals in all of these groups had experienced discrimination, but whenever this happened, they voted with their feet and left those who discriminated against them to find places to live and work that accepted them.

With the scam in place and the brainwashing underway, Gays entered the “almost” protected groups with the Supreme Court decision on Gay Marriage. Trans-genders then glommed on to the Gays and Muslims are next in line. Both of these groups have convinced local city and county governments to issue protective ordinances that included them in the “protected group” category to issue fines.

If the differences between Sharia law and US law are addressed, we will become like Europe.  We have already had failures to assimilate in the US by Mexicans and Muslims. 

The big winners in the anti-discrimination scam were the lawyers. The Democrats got a new constituency.

From 1964 to 2000, 90% of all discrimination claims were found to be groundless. Of the 10% remaining, most of these claims were weak.  Large companies with deep pockets who kept low performing employees were pelted with class action suits. At the same time, labor unions and pension plans were becoming extinct in the private sector, but unions appeared in the public sector.

Early on, smart companies continued to hire the best they could find. The “normal curve” was confirmed. We found and hired many talented, effective Blacks and other minorities.

The Civil Rights Act did not prevented the “War on Christianity”, so churches should demand the removal of “Religion” from the Act. The Civil Rights Act did little for Women, Aged, Handicapped and Minorities beyond what they could do for themselves. The repeal of this Act would end the Protection Racket.

In 1993, Bill Clinton signed the Community Reinvestment Act that required lenders to give mortgages to unqualified buyers. That law and HUD anti-discrimination rules caused the 2008 Mortgage Meltdown that created a global depression we are still attempting to exit.

As Muslim immigration increased, it was apparent that we had a problem with US anti-discrimination laws. Liberal propaganda insisted that we accept Muslims and ignore the dangers posed by their plan to establish Sharia law in the US.  We all saw what a mess this made of Europe and wanted no part of it.  This issue has been mentioned, but only a handful of States have banned Sharia in the courts.

Democrats will go nuts if Republicans rightly attempt to reinforce the primacy of US law over Sharia or any other foreign law. This would also nullify UN “law”. Putting Sharia law in a box will alert US Muslims to the fact that they will have no standing in US courts. Those who came to the US to establish Sharia law will know it’s over. Some may move back to Muslim countries, but those who remain will know that they need to assimilate.

When the Supreme Court sides with Trump on the travel ban EO, The Court should render their opinion to confirm Trump’s legal authority over immigration.

The question as to whether or not Islam is a “religion”, within its definition in US law must also be addressed by the Court and the Congress.  Their alternative is to repeal the Civil Rights Acts from 1964 forward along with all Immigration laws from 1965 forward. This would end the “Protection Racket” and send Democrats on a quest to re-do their platform.

Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader


Trump’s Performance

In 2016, Trump stood head and shoulders above all other candidates.  He identified every issue bothering Republican voters and no other candidate had ever done that. He killed political correctness like Round-Up and I doubt it will ever grow back.  He attacked the Marxist-Globalist cabal and weighed in with American skeptics.  He exposed the scams like global warming. He attacked the “Deep State” and the UN.

He correctly diagnosed everything that needed to be done, he won and is implementing his agenda.

Since January 20, 2017, Trump has appointed his Cabinet and issued Eos to end federal abuse. He stopped TPP and quit the UN Climate scam. He de-fanged the EPA and cut budgets. He appointed a Constitutional Conservative to the Supreme Court.  He is set to pass the repeal of Obamacare and Tax Rate Reduction before yearend.

Going forward, Trump will need to replace most of the “Deep State” embedded in the federal government with regular Americans, who buy in completely to the Trump agenda. There is no reason to keep any Obama Administration employees or any other Liberals who might undermine his agenda.

The Cockroaches - Is Trump testing his workforce ? The leaks coming out of the Deep State have allowed Trump to shine a light on these cockroaches.  Trump’s overall approach has been to put his reforms in place using current, valid law. He cancelled illegal Executive Orders and suicidal regulations.

Trump has criticized the (Trojan Horse) Muslim Invasion of Europe and I trust that he will ensure that the US doesn’t suffer the same fate. He is supporting Saudi Arabia to eradicate terrorists and defend the Middle East against Iran. Trump is refusing to kick the can down the road on “diplomacy” based on “bribery”. He prefers to deal one on one with other nation-states.

The Marxist-Globalists are rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.


Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader

Target Practice

The US should set up anti-missile batteries around North Korea and shoot down every missile they try to launch. This could be useful to the US to have a live fire range to perfect our anti-missile capabilities. North Korea might just stop testing missiles if we do that. It beats paying ransom payments to them and we could take North Korea off the list when we deal with China. This is consistent with Trump’s style to deal one on one.


Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader

Muslim Trojan Horse


Prior to September 11, 2001, most Americans did not know much about Islam. It was a religion that was practiced mainly in the Middle East, and was for the most part a mystery to many in the West. Since that time, with the rise of Al Quada and ISIS and other terrorist organizations, the attacks have become increasingly bold and brazen, especially on western targets. Britain recently suffered its second attack in as many weeks. As more of these attacks are carried out, the ideology behind them has become more well-known and all too familiar.

As the number of Muslims immigrating to America has grown, communities all over the nation have attempted to welcome their new residents and make them feel at home, but do the newcomers to these communities have any intention of assimilating into American life or is there something more? Could there be an actual plan?

The answer could be yes. A 2013 article by David Wood in the Christian Research Journal outlines not only passages from the Quran, but also historical patterns, what happens when Muslims move into an area, and what happens to that area over time.

“…peace and violence are separate stages of a larger Islamic Program, the ultimate goal of which is the violent subjugation of non-Muslims.”

What Wood describes are stages of Jihad. When most people hear that word they immediately think of violence, but Jihad does not begin there. It begins in a friendly peaceful manner.

Stage one begins when Muslims move into a community. While the Quran tells them not to take Christians and Jews as friends, it tells them they can pretend to be friendly. The reason being that they have entered an area where they are vastly outnumbered and must put on a friendly face (Qur’an 3:28). They will preach love and tolerance and be all for “inter faith dialogue”.

The next step, defensive jihad. As the number of Muslim residents grows in a particular area they are more able to defend themselves against what they feel is physical or intellectual discrimination against them. When Muslim women are asked to remove headscarves for driver’s license photos or there are demands for school lunches to adhere to dietary requirements and those requests are denied, there is strengths in numbers.

It is at this point where Islam is introduced to school children, very slowly and incrementally. There are plenty of stories of public schools teaching Islam, girls being shown how to wear the hijab, and rooms of children on prayer rugs being taught how to pray. The definition of persecution also becomes very broad.

Next comes offensive jihad. As the Muslim population gains numbers in a particular community, they also gain political power. They will run for City Council seats and other elected positions. This is where the “subjugation” phase comes in (Qur’an 9:73, Shakir). It is here where Muslims are commanded by Muhammad to fight non-believers (Qur’an 9:123, Shakir). They may use instances like the ones stated above like photo ID’s with headscarves and dietary guidelines for school lunches not as examples of discrimination but now are able to demand such things as their political influence grows.

For the final steps of this process, all one has to do is look to current events in Europe. Muslims have moved into neighborhoods and have made it quite clear that non-Muslims, even police are not welcome. The phrase “no go zones” has become commonly heard. Muslim European immigrants are insisting on Sharia Law and Sharia Courts in overseeing their enclaves as opposed to the laws of their adopted nations. How soon until they demand Sharia Law be the only law?

The Left will ramble on about acceptance, tolerance, and getting along. What they do not talk about is this well documented, well organized plan that does not include assimilation but oppression. If the Left won’t talk about it, then Conservatives should.


http://politichicks.com/2017/06/stages-jihad-well-organized-plan/

Refugee Threat

Today is the UN-designated World Refugee Day, by Ann Corcoran 6/20/17

The first World Refugee Day was held on June 20th, 2001 (3 months before 9/11) and it is used as a focal point, for open borders activists and leftwing media, around which to organize a political message.  So, you have probably noticed many stories in the last few days about the need for more third world peoples to be admitted to the first world.

You likely know, but here (below) is a handy graphic to confirm that the US takes the majority of the refugees that the UNHCR is selecting for western countries from their camps. (BTW, recently a Somali man wrote to me to tell me about the fraud in a UN camp in Africa where people were being paid off to move certain applications to the front of the line. Of course, I have no way of verifying this.)

If you are scratching your head and saying, but doesn’t Germany take the most? the answer is that Germany is being flooded by ‘asylum seekers’ and economic migrants who have gone there on their own steam.  They are not considered third country refugee resettlement cases.

Germany will presumably sort through the hundreds of thousands of Africans and Middle Easterners and make a determination about how many will be given permanent residence as legitimate refugees and ultimately citizenship. Favorite Open Borders talking point: small neighboring countries (to Syria) take more refugees.

When you see stories about Turkey (I’m posting one shortly) and their millions (?) of Syrian refugees, remember those are NOT people going to be granted permanent resident (citizenship) status in Turkey, likewise those in Lebanon or Jordan will not become voting citizens of those countries.


Resettled UNHCR refugees will be given citizenship in the country in which they are placed, so for this the United States is destination number one!


https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2017/06/20/today-is-the-un-designated-world-refugee-day/

Refugees Returning to Syria

Syrian ‘refugees’ in Turkey headed home to celebrate Muslim holiday, by Ann Corcoran 6/20/17

….and some plan to stay in Syria! So, good news on World Refugee Day, right!  Syrians want to go home, so why is the UN distributing them around the world?

From Reuters  (hat tip: Diane): Carrying suitcases, shopping bags and toddlers, thousands of refugees walked back home into Syria from Turkey on Thursday ahead of the Eid festival that marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Turkey has taken in some 3 million Syrian migrants since the start of civil war in 2011, making it home to the world’s largest refugee population.

Now Ankara is giving Syrian refugees the right to return to Turkey within a month if they want to go home to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

Some said they wanted to start again in their homeland, and would return within the month if it did not work out, while others said they wanted to return to Syria for good, citing the difficulty of finding employment in Turkey.

Authorities did not give any figures on how many Syrians have returned so far. A Reuters witness said at least 3,000 people crossed on foot through the dusty Cilvegozu border crossing into Syria during several hours on Thursday.

The offer to return applies to Syrian nationals with valid travel documents who cross through the Cilvegozu and Oncupinar border gates, authorities said. The Eid al-Fitr holiday begins on June 25. Those who wish to return can do so until July 14.

Anyone who comes back after that will be treated as new arrival and subject to the regular immigration process, a local official at the Hatay governor’s office said.

Authorities say thousands of Syrians have since returned to Syrian towns freed from Islamic State. So that must mean it wasn’t Bashar al-Assad’s government they were running from in the first place! More here.

You should know that the majority of the refugees being processed in to the US right now, by the Trump State Department, are coming in through Turkey.



The Islamophobia Scam

The Truth About Islamophobia in the West

Europe is under siege from terrorist threats. New methods have made it dramatically more difficult to protect the masses, and news stories about the next attack almost feel mundane.

There has been a steady rise in radical Islamic terrorism, but the left holds strongly to their desire to deny the issue. In this defense, they have given rise to another of their new terms: Islamophobia.

We’re going to take a deep look at this term and answer the question as clearly and honestly as possible: what is Islamophobia?
 
Not a Word

While it is inevitably being added to dictionaries, Islamophobia is not a real word. The concept of a phobia is an attempt to describe a paralyzing and irrational fear.
Someone who has nearly drowned may suffer uncontrollable panic whenever their head is submerged in water. Islamophobia misappropriates this term to try and apply a sense of irrationality to any condemnation of terrorism. The central idea is to irrevocably link racism, homophobia and Islamophobia as inseparable vile beliefs and seize moral high ground in political disagreements.

Like “mansplaining” or “cisgender,” this is just another part of the grand plan to utterly ridicule any notion that doesn’t fall in line with the party. The idea that we need a special word to describe a person who identifies with their natural gender should make clear how ludicrous the entire scheme is.
Regardless, the left will continue to double down on their strategy of undermining the integrity and validity of conservatism in America.
 
Downplaying Real Danger

Many liberal ideas are outright dangerous, but none are more obvious than the narrative of Islamophobia. In 2017, ISIS has been confirmed as the sole perpetrators of 19 separate terrorist attacks (this is in addition the the regular combat and fighting in Syria and Iraq). These attacks have killed almost 500, and injured more than 7,000. That’s more than double the number of injuries inflicted any year prior, and we’re only in June. Since 2013, the organization has killed over 4,000 innocents and injured more than 15,000 in 70 attacks.

As this has happened, liberals continue to downplay the danger. The mayor of London recently tried to assure citizens by claiming that his city is among the safest in the world. By any metric imaginable, it doesn’t make the top 10, and by most measures it falls short of even the top 50. This is the exact mentality that we’ve learned to expect from the left. They will blatantly ignore obvious data and trends to promote an ideology that costs countless lives.

ISIS is not even the largest or most active Islamic terrorist organization – suggesting the radicalization problem is larger than these organizations themselves. Most surveys suggest that 1 in 10 Muslims support terrorism and the indiscriminate killing of infidels. From a population of 1.6 billion practitioners, that leaves well over 100 million strong in favor of radical Islamic terrorism. Such a force should not be taken lightly, and contending this threat is anything but irrational.
 
An Excuse for Tyranny

If Islamophobia is a condemnable evil, then any policy devoted to battling terrorism is equally evil and non-negotiable. This is what leftist logic has devolved into.
The complaints about racial, economic, gender and religious disparity are all tied to this tactic. Islamophobia itself is a word created to justify channeling defense funds to social programs, but all of the “new evils” serve that same purpose. Logic and reason are meaningless in the face of morality. So, the left continues to corrupt basic morality in a long-term plan to censure all opposition, and built their ideal state.

The left got used to the power they held with Obama, and they realized an important truth. If the right hadn’t dug in deeply on fought tooth and nail over every policy change, the country may have swung inexorably towards socialism.
Instead, the right’s resistance was barely enough to give the new regime a chance to right the course. Their recourse was to reinvest in their moralistic strategies, and you can expect ridiculous terms like Islamophobia to penetrate every depth of media outlets and public education. They will relentlessly target the young, and the battle to teach basic morality to the next generation will only get tougher. ~ Conservative Zone


http://www.conservativezone.com/articles/the-truth-about-islamophobia-in-the-west/

Multicultural Myth

Terrible Virginia murder case goes against message of the leftist open borders propaganda, by Ann Corcoran on June 20, 2017

Diversity is supposed to be beautiful, right?  Immigrants who come to the great American melting pot are supposed to love and respect multiculturalism, right?  Unlike in Europe, we do everything to foster ‘assimilation’ of races, religions and cultures, right?

Well, here is a case that goes so far against the Left’s message that many predict it will disappear so fast you will think you imagined it …  This is not supposed to happen!
It is just run-of-the-mill road rage says Fox 5 headline: Man charged with murder of Muslim teen; road rage appears to have led to killing, police say

HERNDON, Va. – A 22-year-old man has been charged with murder after police say he killed a 17-year-old Reston girl whose body was found in a pond hours after being reported missing during an early morning road rage incident in Virginia.

Illegal alien from El Salvador allegedly murdered Nabra Hassanen a Muslim teenager walking with a group from the ADAMS Center.

Fairfax County Police say the victim, Nabra Hassanen, was with a group of teenagers of about 15 people walking and riding their bikes along Dranesville Road from a McDonald’s restaurant at around 3:40 a.m. Sunday. The group got involved in a dispute with the driver of a vehicle after they attended an overnight event at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center, a mosque located in Sterling and is one of the largest mosque in the country.

Police say a teenage boy got into an argument with the driver, identified as 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres. Continue reading here for awful details.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement regarding Torres [guess this means he was not a DACA darling?—ed]

“On June 19, ICE lodged a detainer on Darwin Martinez Torres, a citizen and national of El Salvador, with the Adult Detention Center in Fairfax, Virginia. ICE lodges detainers on aliens who have been arrested on local criminal charges when the agency has probable cause to believe an alien is removable from the United States. Mr. Martinez Torres has no prior encounters with ICE.”

On Monday afternoon, Fairfax County police say the killing appears to be the result of a road rage incident and they have no evidence that Hassanen was targeted.

“No evidence has been recovered that shows this was a hate crime,” said Fairfax County police spokesperson Julie Parker. “Nothing indicates that this was motivated by race or by religion.”

However, Mahmoud Hassanen, the victim’s father believes otherwise and says his daughter was targeted because she is Muslim.

Just a reminder readers that this is Virginia, a leading diversity-is-beautiful state if there ever was one! You can tell the authorities are working overtime to keep a lid on the story.

This is a story, not about refugees, but one about the idea that we can continue to pour immigrants (legally and illegally) of all sorts in to the US at such a rate that the tensions will inevitably build and become so disruptive to the social order that civil unrest is inevitable. If you see more on this case going forward, please send links my way.



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

UN Digital ID Ahead

The UN and the “global village” folks are not giving up on the open borders scam. See below:

Microsoft and the UN to provide digital IDs for undocumented people, Blockchain technology could give legal recognition to 1.1 billion people. By Jon Fingas, 6/19/17

It's difficult to live without identification. In many cases, you're shut out of banking, health care, voting rights and other basics. Microsoft and partners might just give those many undocumented people (1.1 billion of them, in fact) a shot at the identity they need, though. It's working with Accenture and Avanade on a United Nations-backed digital ID effort that would offer legal recognition to those who'd otherwise be lost to record keepers. The prototype uses blockchain technology to give people a trustworthy ID that can follow them anywhere, but still respects privacy and security.

Rather than pool IDs in a central database, the initiative relies on a distributed database run by trusted parties spread across the blockchain. You don't have to worry about a sole gatekeeper holding the keys to your life, or risk losing access because you've traveled to another country. And while it relies on biometrics (such as fingerprints and iris scans) for authentication, any personally identifying info is purposefully kept off the chain and exposed only when you grant access.

The digital IDs are part of ID2020, a public-private partnership pushing the UN's 2030 Sustainable Development goal of giving every human an official identity. It could be a long while before these IDs are available, let alone in use by many undocumented people. With that said, it could represent a major breakthrough if it works as promised. So long as they get themselves into the system, refugees would be more likely to receive aid wherever they are. Those with relatively stable lives, meanwhile, could take advantage of government and financial services that were previously off-limits.

This is just one part of a larger solution. There have to be guarantees that digital ID holders will get the services they need, which is as much of a political challenge as it is technical. Provided everything falls into place, though, it could help many people get started on a better life.



Liberal Churches Caca

Liberal denominations beg Congress to protect Planned Parenthood, 6/10/17

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 19, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- Protestants take diametrically opposing views of abortion in America. While the Southern Baptist Convention just "declared war" on Planned Parenthood, calling on Congress to defund the nation's largest abortion business of tax dollars, other denominations are urging Capitol Hill legislators to continue giving half a billion tax dollars to the country’s largest abortion provider.

More than 150 liberal organizations, including the United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ, and the African Methodist Episcopal Church as well as Presbyterian and Jewish organizations, signed a letter calling for U.S. senators to keep Planned Parenthood on the government dole. The letter also champions support for Obamacare and Medicaid expansion.

“We urge you to oppose any repeal of the Affordable Care Act, attempts to change Medicaid’s open-ended funding guarantee into a block grant or per capita caps, and any attempts to defund Planned Parenthood,” the letter reads.

The General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church, United Church of Christ's Justice and Witness Ministries, the Women's Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and the National Council of Churches laid their weight squarely on tax funding for Planned Parenthood.

Other signing organizations under a religious banner include "Presbyterians Affirming Reproductive Options," the "NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice," the "National Council of Jewish Women" and several other groups professing Judaic foundations.

Besides other liberal, pro-abortion, and pro-homosexual organizations, the letter was signed by the League of Women Voters, the YWCA, and the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. All signing organizations are listed here"It’s scandalous that the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society is lobbying in favor of Planned Parenthood federal funding," Institute on Religion and Democracy President Mark Tooley, a Methodist, told LifeSiteNews. 

Tooley says his denomination is slowly transitioning from promoting a culture of death to affirming life. "United Methodism is heading in an increasingly pro-life direction and last year required the board to quit the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. The board in its abortion rights advocacy represents a minority of USA United Methodists in an increasingly global and orthodox denomination that is returning to classic Christian teaching about the sanctity of all human life."

"Though only constituted as a denomination in 1957, the United Church of Christ (UCC) has been consistently in favor of abortion since the early 1970s," John Brown Jr. wrote in an expose on his denomination's historic support for abortion. "Even before that, a number of UCC clergy participated in ... as a nationwide illegal abortion referral system."

"The ongoing effort to bring change on the life issues within the UCC is somewhat akin to that of the pro-life movement to bring about change within our nation," Brown surmised. "Though there have been some victories, the UCC and the United States as a whole continue to promote a 'culture of death.'"

The U.S. House passed a bill to replace ObamaCare and defund Planned Parenthood, but the Senate has yet to act.  It is important to note that the legislative effort to “defund” Planned Parenthood is misnamed. Planned Parenthood businesses charge for their services and will continue to.  The “defund” move simply redistributes tax dollars to non-aborting health clinics.

The House bill ensures health care access by redirecting tax funds to legitimate health clinics, which outnumber Planned Parenthood abortuaries across the nation 20-to-1.  Such legitimate health clinics offer much more comprehensive care and do not commit abortions.

Despite facts to the contrary, signers claimed that taking tax funding from the abortion behemoth would take away healthcare for the poor, including cancer screenings. 

Though its president and its promotional material proclaim the business does more legitimate healthcare for women than it does abortions,

Planned Parenthood does not do mammogramsx-rays for cancer, biopsies, CT scans, endometrial biopsies, or many other basic cancer screenings.

Abortions outnumber even the simple, do-it-yourself breast exams at the nation's most lucrative abortion dealer.  


Comments

US Christian Churches have “Stockholm syndrome”. Trump is ending the “War on Christianity”, but church staffs are packed with Liberals.  So, now that churches have their political voice, they want the Nazis back.

Conservatives in these churches need to raise hell.


Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader

Media Promoted Homosexuality

THE GAY MARRIAGE LOBBY LEARNED SOCIOLOGY: CHRISTIANS HAVEN’T, by Mike Metzger 6/20/17

I used to believe that reaching the world was fairly straightforward. Win people to Christ. Disciple them. Send them out. Plant churches. Then I started reading sociology.
I came out of college gung-ho to change the world. I worked with a ministry that sought to “reach” the US in four years; the world in eight. Eight years passed. Society seemed to be heading in the other direction—post-Christian. Many staff felt disillusioned.

I was more curious. What went wrong? I start reading all sorts of stuff, including sociology. It messed up my faith, for I came to see our eight-year goal was naïve.

Comte coined the term sociology in 1838, taken from the Latin socius (companion, associate). Sociologists see societies as shaped by networks of horizontal associations—institutions, influentials, etc. Sociology became an academic discipline in the late 1800s.

I was unfamiliar with this horizontal orientation. Like many Christians, I assumed societies are shaped only by the vertical—God’s sovereignty. They’re not. It’s vertical and horizontal, God’s sovereignty coexisting with human responsibility (Rom.10). It’s both/and; a tension Augustine recognized. Sociology reminds us that changing the world is a bit more complex than win, disciple, send, plant. It requires dispersing innovation.

In his 1962 book, Diffusion of Innovation, sociology professor Everett Rogers described how innovation changes the world. It’s a long process involving six types of adopters—innovators, early adopters, early majority, late majority, and laggards. Innovators are 2.5 percent of a population. Early adopters—13.5. Early majority—14 percent. Late Majority, 34. Laggards—16 percent. Changing the world occurs when the late majority shifts.

That takes more than eight years. On average, it takes innovators at least three years to turn ideas into items. Over the next ten years, early adopters embrace the innovation. Thirteen years and only 15 percent of a society has shifted. That’s too few if the aim is to change the world. Next in line are early and late majorities. They constitute 48 percent of a population. They follow trends. Their shift creates the critical mass (+50 percent) necessary for a new paradigm to change the world.

The gay movement gets this. After the Stonewall riots of 1969, gay leaders said Enough. Innovators began reframing the public perception of homosexuality, focusing on images and institutions. They moved to LA and NYC. In 1972, the first TV movie dealing sympathetically with homosexuality aired on ABC. The first early adopters began to shift.

Five years later, Billy Crystal played an effeminate gay man on the TV series Soap. That was the last time a gay man would be portrayed that way on TV. Six years later, the first kiss between a gay couple aired on TV. Early adopters had shifted and the early majority was just beginning. Do the math. Fourteen years just to begin engaging the early majority.

This is laid out in After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90s. Gay leaders predicted in 1990 that they would change American minds “without reference to facts, logic or proof.” Focusing on images and institutions, they assumed “a person’s beliefs can be altered” whether he or she is conscious of it. In 2015, the US Supreme Court ruled that states cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions. Society had shifted. It had taken over 45 years.

Give credit where credit is due. Regardless of your views on sexuality, gay leaders rely on sound sociology. Christians ought to as well, even though in some cases it will mess up their faith. That’s healthy. Messes are disruptive and disruption is a prerequisite for renewal, the mission of the church (Col.1:18-20). A tidy faith is a tired faith. A faith that gets messed up from time to time is a growing faith. Sociology has helped me see that.

Originally published on Doggie Head Tilt.


http://affluentinvestor.com/2017/06/gay-marriage-lobby-learned-sociology-christians-havent/

McCain Institute

EXCLUSIVE: Soros, Clinton-Linked Teneo Among Donors to McCain Institute, by Richard Pollock, 6/19/17

Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain in 2012 turned over nearly $9 million in unspent funds from his failed 2008 presidential campaign to a new foundation bearing his name, the McCain Institute for International Leadership.

The institute is intended to serve as a “legacy” for McCain and “is dedicated to advancing human rights, dignity, democracy and freedom.” It is a tax-exempt non-profit foundation with assets valued at $8.1 million and associated with Arizona State University.

Conservative and liberal critics, however, believe the institute constitutes a major conflict of interest for McCain, The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group has learned.

McCain, a former Navy pilot who was shot down over North Vietnam in 1967 and was then a prisoner of war in the infamous Hanoi Hilton until 1973, is a major political force in Washington, D.C. He is presently chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services.

Critics worry that the institute’s donors and McCain’s personal leadership in the organization’s exclusive “Sedona Forum” bear an uncanny resemblance to the glitzy Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) that annually co-mingled special interests and powerful political players in alleged pay-to-play schemes.

The institute has accepted contributions of as much as $100,000 from billionaire liberal activist-funder George Soros and from Teneo, a for-profit company co-founded by Doug Band, former President Bill Clinton’s “bag man.” Teneo has long helped enrich Clinton through lucrative speaking and business deals.

And Bloomberg reported in 2016 on a $1 million Saudi Arabian donation to the institute, a contribution the McCain group has refused to explain publicly.Top of Form Bottom of FormIn addition, the institute has taken at least $100,000 from a Moroccan state-run company tied to repeated charges of worker abuse and exploitation. The McCain group has also accepted at least $100,000 from the Pivotal Foundation, which was created by Francis Najafi who owns the Pivotal Group, a private equity and real estate firm.

The Pivotal Foundation has in the last three years given $205,000 to the National Iranian-American Council (NIAC), which has been a vocal advocate for the Iranian nuclear deal the Obama administration negotiated. The NIAC web site claims the group “is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the voice of Iranian Americans and promoting greater understanding between the American and Iranian people.”

But NIAC President Trita Parsi has long been an advocate for Iran, including demanding in May 2017 that President Donald Trump and officials in his administration “cease questioning the integrity of a (nuclear) deal.” The NIAC is “Iran’s lobbyists in Washington,” charged Aresh Salih, the Washington representative of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan. “People inside of Iran know them as their lobbyists in Washington, D.C.,” Salih told TheDCNF. The NIAC does not file as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, nor does it register as a lobbyist with Congress.

Yet in May 2013, Parsi spoke to a packed Capitol Hill meeting sponsored by Minnesota Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison to argue in favor of the nuclear deal. Ellison was the first Muslim elected to Congress and is also deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

“This is a very real conflict of interest,” Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist at Public Citizen, told TheDCNF. “This is the similar type of pattern we received with the Clinton Foundation in which foreign governments and foreign interests were throwing a lot of money in the hopes of trying to buy influence.” Liberal consumer advocate Ralph Nader founded Public Citizen.

Lawrence Noble, general counsel for the Campaign Legal Center, told the DCNF that accepting contributions in the name of a sitting senator like McCain raises troubling issues.

“In terms of the ethics of it, it does raise a broad question of people trying to get good will with the elected official,” he said. “From a personal standpoint, I’d rather not see these entities exist.”

Charles Ortel, a retired Wall Street investment banker and philanthropy law expert, told TheDCNF that “high government officials such as John McCain, [former Secretary of State] Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama should not get involved with vehicles like these where substantial sums can be funneled over time in ways that at best, wreak of impropriety and at worse are public corruption.”

The institute’s donations not only suggest special pleading before the senator, but also in some instances appear to contradict McCain’s vision of human rights and national security. It accepted more than $100,000 from OCP, S.A., a Moroccan state-owned phosphate company operating in the Western Sahara, territory which Morocco seized in 1975. The North African country has since occupied the region by force in defiance of U.N. resolutions and legal declarations by other international bodies.

Morocco has come under criticism from human rights groups that the government violates basic human rights and that its state-owned companies subject its workforce to gruesome conditions while exploiting the disputed territory’s natural resources.

The Western Sahara holds half of the world’s phosphate reserves. Used to make fertilizer, phosphate is called Morocco’s “white gold.”

Last week, a South African court ruled in favor of the seizure of an OCP ship charged with illegally carrying 50,000 tons of phosphate from the Western Sahara. The country’s independence movement, which calls the territory the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, succeeded in convincing the court to keep the ship in port until the case is resolved.

The King of Morocco was a major donor to the Clinton Foundation. Hillary Clinton personally accepted $12 million from the King in return for holding a CGI regional meeting in the country. OCP also was a major sponsor of the CGI meeting, and Bill Clinton was the featured speaker.

The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice has charged OCP with “serious human rights violations,” including exploitation of workers by not “adequately compensating the impoverished people who live there.”

McCain has lavished effusive praise on the King of Morocco, saying in 2011, that the country was a “positive example to governments across the Middle East and North Africa.”

McCain and Soros reportedly became friends after the senator was exposed as a member of the “Keating Five” during the savings and loan (S&L) industry scandal during former President George H.W. Bush’s administration. As the S&L bank chairman, Charles Keating paid $1.3 million to bribe five members of Congress to interfere with government regulators on behalf of the savings bank.

The experience so scarred McCain that he became a vigorous advocate of campaign finance reform and in the process reportedly became friends with Soros. McCain recently claimed no involvement with the institute, saying “I’m proud that the institute is named after me, but I have nothing to do with it.”

The institute did not respond to requests for the dollar amounts of its high donors, when the donations were made and if there were strings attached to the contributions, claiming it did not have any of the information. Late Monday, the institute’s spokesman referred The DCNF to Arizona State University.


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