Todd Starnes Breaks Down the Obama Admin’s ‘War on Religious Liberty’

Award-winning journalist Todd Starnes is known for covering issues pertaining to news and pop culture. His new book tackles a plethora of issues that Americans are confronted with on a daily basis: from the ongoing War on Christianity to out of control government policies, “Dispatches From Bitter America” (subtitled, “A Gun Toting, Chicken Eating Son of a Baptist’s Culture War Stories”), makes some of the most bizarre and disturbing societal issues – digestible.

By taking hard-hitting issues and addressing them through a comedic lens, Starnes, who works as a commentator and journalist for FOX News, entertains while educating readers. In an exclusive interview with The Blaze, he discussed “Dispatches” and his take on a variety of contemporary issues.

“I’m originally from the South and I grew up with that Southern sensibility … living in New York for the last seven years I’ve come [to understand] how liberals think,” Starnes explained when asked about his motivation for writing the book. “Most liberals think there’s nothing between here and San Francisco except this vast wasteland.”

Throughout “Dispatches,” Starnes provides a look into the liberal mindset, while also delivering the perspective of “regular folks who have deep concerns about the direction we are going as a nation.” It is this common nature that he says drives people’s interest in politicians like Sarah Palin.

“The reason why people like Sarah Palin are so popular is because they are regular folks,” Starnes explained.

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Gun rights advocate and former Obama colleague: President used to treat him as ‘evil’

Economist John Lott, noted for his academic advocacy of gun rights, says that when Barack Obama was his colleague at the University of Chicago, the future president treated him as if he were “evil.”

Lott relates his interactions with Obama in his new book, co-authored with Americans for Tax Reform’s Grover Norquist, “Debacle: Obama’s War on Jobs and Growth and What We can Do Now to Regain Our Future.”

“The book relates a couple out of the dozen-and-a-half conversations that I had with him,” Lott told The Daily Caller. ”But they were all very short, cut off by Obama turning his back on me and walking away.”

“He wouldn’t shake hands. It was very clear that Obama disagreed on the gun issue and acted as if he believed that people who he disagreed with were not just wrong, but evil. Unlike other liberal academics who usually enjoyed discussing opposing ideas, Obama simply showed disdain.”

Lott and Obama were colleagues at the University of Chicago Law School in the 1990s.

The book’s main focus is Obama’s economic policies, which the authors contend have exacerbated America’s economic woes.

“We wanted to put together a book that explained how the stimulus [the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009] made the economy worse, provide evidence for that claim, and explain what could be done to increase growth,” said Lott, a Fox News contributor who has held teaching and research positions at elite universities including Yale and Stanford.

TheDC’s interview with Lott explored how he believes President Obama has mishandled the economy, what policies he believes should be implemented to spark an economic recovery, the seriousness of our looming entitlement crisis and much more.

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White House has diverted $500M to IRS to implement healthcare law

The Obama administration is quietly diverting roughly $500 million to the IRS to help implement the president’s healthcare law.

The money is only part of the IRS’s total implementation spending, and it is being provided outside the normal appropriations process. The tax agency is responsible for several key provisions of the new law, including the unpopular individual mandate.

Republican lawmakers have tried to cut off funding to implement the healthcare law, at least until after the Supreme Court decides whether to strike it down. That ruling is expected by June, and oral arguments last week indicated the justices might well overturn at least the individual mandate, if not the whole law.

“While President Obama and his Senate allies continue to spend more tax dollars implementing an unpopular and unworkable law that may very well be struck down as unconstitutional in a matter of months, I’ll continue to stand with the American people who want to repeal this law and replace it with something that will actually address the cost of healthcare,” said Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.), who chairs the House Appropriations subcommittee for healthcare and is in a closely contested Senate race this year.

The Obama administration has plowed ahead despite the legal and political challenges.

It has moved aggressively to get important policies in place. And, according to a review of budget documents and figures provided by congressional staff, the administration is also burning through implementation funding provided in the healthcare law.

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Catholics Protesting ‘Ale Mary’s’ Bar in MD

A bar in Fells Point, Maryland, is under fire as Catholics are claiming that the local business is mocking the church. But the owners of the establishment, Ale Mary’s, are defending themselves and dismissing the allegations that put it at the center of a religiously-based protest.

The business’ name, which is a play on the “Hail Mary,” a prayer devoted to Jesus Christ’s mother, is one of the main points of contention. But inside the bar, there are also religious relics and jokes that don’t seem to sit well with believers. From a holy water dish-turned-candy dish to a bobble-head Jesus, there’s plenty of religious imagery to go around. The Baltimore Sun has more:

They decorate with photos of nuns. They post their draft list on a hymn board. They offer Father Luies Grilled Wings and Father Tom’s Fried Ice Cream Sundae. And, possibly their most serious transgression according to the group: the bar’s “chalice” club where people can get their beer served in a chalice.

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