Archive for October, 2012

North Carolina University Votes to Ban Chick-fil-A From Campus For Stance on “Gay Marriage”

Monday, October 15th, 2012

My hat is off to Chick-fil-A and their president, Dan Cathy, for their opposition to “gay marriage”, despite the potential loss of business.
Keep up the good work.

A North Carolina university’s student government has voted to ban a Chick-fil-a restaurant on campus because the fast-food chain’s president is against gay marriage.

Elon University’s Student Government Association voted 35-11 to ask its food vendor to find another restaurant to take its place, the Daily Advance reports.

Now, the decision goes to the Student Government Association’s executive president, Darien Flowers, who can accept the vote or veto it.

Flowers said he wants to talk to students and other people before making a decision, according to the paper.

The ultimate decision on whether Chick-fil-A stays will be made by senior administrators at the private college and Elon’s president, school spokesman Dan Anderson told the paper.

In July, Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press that the company was “guilty as charged” for backing “the biblical definition of a family.”

“We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.” Cathy told the Baptist Press, the news agency of the Southern Baptist Convention.

The Atlanta-based chain opened its first location in a Georgia mall in 1967 and grown to more than 1,615 restaurants in 39 states and Washington, D.C., with annual sales of more than $4.1 billion, according to its website.

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“Why We Need an Alternative Media” by Todd Strandberg

Friday, October 12th, 2012

There is little doubt that President Obama got his head handed to him in the first debate. The most fanatical Obama supporters have been forced to admit that October 3 was not the president’s night. Even Van Jones, President Obama’s former special adviser, was forced to say, “Romney was able to ‘out-Obama’ Obama.”

The most common excuse being given by the press for the debacle is that Obama had four years of yes men, so he was a bit rusty. I would point out that they are the reason Obama was so rusty. It’s a given that the president would be surrounded by a staff of sycophants. For centuries, it has been the job of the press to keep our highest political leaders honest. In the past few years, the liberal media has descended to the point that I’m unable to tell the difference between a White House reporter and a paid Democratic spin doctor.

Even when Obama treats the press with disdain, they still blindly do his bidding. When our embassies were attacked last month in the Middle East, the president came out and read a statement. He promptly left without taking any questions, which has become a common practice for him. The focus of the liberal media on that day was what Romney had to say. They huddled together and decided to attack the former governor for speaking out too soon on such a sensitive issue.

One of the lowest points for the mainstream press would have to be the Fast and Furious Scandal. We had the Bureau of Tobacco, Alcohol, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) facilitating the sale of guns to Mexican drug cartels, and the killing of border patrol agent Brian Terry with one of those weapons. Eventually, Attorney General Eric Holder became the first acting Cabinet member to be held in criminal contempt of Congress for refusing to hand over documents in response to a subpoena. The liberal media has portrayed this sad affair as a non issue.

The lack of accountability has tarnished the reliability of key data provided by the government. This past week, the Labor Department released a report that said the unemployed rate had plunged four ticks to 7.8 percent. The job market rose by 873,000, the biggest gain since June 1983. The liberal media had absolutely no problem with the data. In fact, they attacked anyone who dared to questioned the data. When former GE Jack Welch tweeted, “Unbelievable jobs numbers. these Chicago guys will do anything..can’t debate so change numbers,” he was pounced on by the press. This convenient economic miracle was made all the more spectacle by the release of less reported data that showed food stamp usage has risen to a new record high.

The most galling statement by the liberal media would have to be them asking why Obama is so lucky to be ahead in the polls with the economy in the dumpster. They are the ones who made him lucky by presenting the narrative that “everything is going smoothly in the nation.” The media constantly parrots the Obama administration’s positive spin on employment. For example,they talked about all the hiring retailers were making in the lead-up to Christmas sales. They glossed over the fact that these were seasonal jobs. The real economic story should have been that America is experiencing its longest period of high unemployment since the Great Depression.

Whenever the press is granted a sit-down interview with Obama, all he gets are softball questions. Steve Kroft from 60 Minutes asked Obama this silly question: “As an outsider, can you still get things accomplished in Washington?” Obama answered with an even more ridiculous remark, “My biggest disappointment is that we haven’t changed the tone in Washington as much as I would have liked.”

A lot of conservative commentators realize what is going on with liberal media, but they don’t understand they are all of one mind. Rush Limbaugh has blamed liberal group think on the fact that members of the dominant media go to the same schools and hang out with each other. The expansion of liberalism is not the work of a social club. It is an invasive cancer that is actively spreading throughout our nation. Nearly every major Christian education institute has fallen under the spell of the liberal agenda.

The God of this world is the one who is pulling strings. The Bible warns that Satan is “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2).

The liberal media is a huge threat to our freedom. The day may come when someone in power decides to consolidate power under him, and if he shares that person’s political view, the press will proclaim the move as bold and decisive. Since we already have a national media that is ready to blindly serve a left-leaning dictator, all is needed is someone with the ambition to seize power.

The only way to combat the destructive influence of the liberal media is to create an alternative media that can compete. We do have right-wing talk radio and Fox News, but they are only a small part of a big pie. During any given month, the liberal media still provides the lion’s share of the news coverage to the American people.

I am very pessimistic about the future. I have to be very realistic about our proximity to the Tribulation hour and the likelihood of events continuing to thread in a negative direction. I also know that most people don’t care about what is happening to our nation. Even though the vast majority of the citizens of America classify themselves as conservatives, few of them care enough about the health of our nation to change their viewing habits. If only a small percent of the population voted with their feet, liberal fortresses like MSNBC, CNN, and the New York Times would collapse like a house of cards.

–Todd

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AP Bias Toward Romney Shows Through in Unflattering Photo

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

AP Photo of Romney
Well, we can always count on the liberal press to snipe at Romney. Of course they try to frame it as “just an innocent photo”, but out of the hundreds of photos that were most probably taken at the event, they chose to use the one above. The liberal bloggers and Hollywood elite will have a great time.

It was a news photo that, as Gawker quipped, was “ripe for captioning.”

A pic of Mitt Romney bending over, while a seemingly astonished schoolgirl stands behind him, mouth agape.

The photograph, posted Monday by The Associated Press for all to see, has since surged across the Internet. The candidate riding a wave of confidence from last week’s debate performance was suddenly made, pardon, the butt of jokes.

So was it a cheap shot?

Tim Graham, media analysis director at the Media Research Center, said absolutely.

“It’s unbelievable,” he wrote. “It honestly looks like a little girl is gaping at Romney from behind.”

A closer look appears to show the girl looking at something else to the right of Romney. The caption, though, did not initially make clear what it is she’s staring at. The caption said: “Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney poses for photographs with students of Fairfield Elementary School, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in Fairfield, Va.”

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Steve Manuel, senior lecturer at Penn State’s College of Communications and an award-winning photojournalist, said the AP must have known how the image would be perceived when they published it.

“In this photo, while it may appear funny, AP knows exactly what viewers are thinking,” he wrote in an email. “It’s not legitimate news. AP knows that viewers are going to chuckle and imagine what the little girl is seeing, and it makes Gov. Romney appear a bit foolish. That isn’t the purpose or mission of photojournalism. … Candidate or not, it is not the mission of a news organization to place anyone in a position to be ridiculed or made fun of. Reporting the news is, and this is not newsworthy.”

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USDA Diversity Training Session Included “Our Forefathers Were Illegal Immigrants” Chant

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

More unbelievable behavior in the bureaucracy that is our current government.

The U.S. government paid a Chicago consultant hundreds of thousands of dollars to put on diversity training workshops that, according to one watchdog, included an exercise in which employees were told to chant “our forefathers were illegal immigrants.”

Conservative group Judicial Watch made the claim this week as it released a handful of documents pertaining to the program — and alleged that the sessions ended up enforcing political views more than promoting tolerance.

“Instead of being diversity-oriented or tolerance-oriented, it’s more about adopting a mindset,” said Lisette Garcia, a senior investigator with the group. “It seemed to go so far as to encourage illegal immigration.”

Judicial Watch began to investigate the sessions earlier this year after being approached by a tipster at USDA who was “offended” by them, Garcia said. Judicial Watch claims it has identified at least $200,000 spent by the USDA over the last two years on the company Souder, Betances & Associates.

The USDA later confirmed that amount.

The tipster, Garcia said, described one session in which the speaker led workers in chanting “our forefathers were illegal immigrants” while pounding on the table and getting others in the room to join in.

“How does that fit into the USDA mission at all?” she said. “The price tag makes it more egregious.”

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