Environmentalists heading to Brazil for a United Nations Rio+20 Summit on global environmentalism may be served well by paying attention to the recent action by the state of Alabama.
By a unanimous vote of both houses of the Alabama Legislature, Senate Bill 477 was passed, essentially confirming that the state no longer will cooperate with the “Agenda for the 21st Century,” known as UN Agenda 21.
UN representatives are meeting in Brazil now for an organization meeting of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives/Agenda 21 World Congress at Belo Horizonte. The meetings run through later this week.
Then a “sustainability environmental” Rio+20 Summit will be held June 20-22.
Why Rio+20? It is the 20th anniversary of the first UN Rio Earth Summit of 1992, where the first seeds were planted for the assessment of – and regulation of – individual actions based on a global impact.
Since then, under a cloak of contracts compiled with palliative words such as “sustainable,” “smart growth,” “social justice” and others, more and more local and state governments in America have begun working with the UN’s Agenda 21.”‘
But the ideas contained therein, that U.S. energy production is bad because of its pollution, that wealthy nations must give technology and money to other nations and the like, did not please Alabama legislators.
The uncomplicated, three-page legislation titled “The Due Process for Property Rights Act” was proposed by Alabama Senate Majority Whip Gerald Dial, and affirms, “The State of Alabama and all political subdivisions may not adopt or implement policy recommendations that deliberately or inadvertently infringe or restrict private property rights without due process, as may be required by policy recommendations originating in or traceable to Agenda 21.”
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Since its release last week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report on the long-term fiscal scenarios facing America has drawn a myriad of reactions from across the political spectrum. Liberals have said it shows we need to raise taxes, conservatives have said it shows we need to cut spending, and libertarians have said it shows both parties are corrupt and therefore Americans should support their movement.
These are all respectable, if differing, positions on policy and politics, and should be prominent in the coming debates over raising the debt ceiling, sequestration, the Bush tax policies and the Fiscal Year 2013 budget. However, these positions must be based upon an honest depiction of the facts. Unfortunately, one of the most prominent liberal voices in that regard, Media Matters for America, failed significantly when discussing this report in an article entitled “CBO Report Shows Stable Budget Is Possible, But Media Hype ‘Grim’ Scenario.”
According to its website, Media Matters for America is dedicated to “comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.” In discussing the possibility of a stable budget, however, Media Matters has at least four misleading statements and analyses which – given its influence in the Obama Administration, MSNBC and elsewhere – are a disservice to the American people and to its declared mission. The statements are outlined below, as are the true facts surrounding the report:
Read the report and more here.
Parents are stunned to find that their children can’t read after enrolling them in the “progressive” Blue School of Manhattan, founded by Blue Man Group performers and their wives.
Costing close to $32,000 a year, the exclusive school– which has been featured by CNN and the New York Times– describes its mission as being “to cultivate creative, joyful and passionate inquirers who use courageous and innovative thinking to build a harmonious and sustainable world.”
The New York Times described institution: “From the beginning, the founders wanted to incorporate scientific research about childhood development into the classroom. Having rapidly grown to more than 200 students in preschool through third grade, the school has become a kind of national laboratory for integrating cognitive neuroscience and cutting-edge educational theory into curriculum, professional development and school design.”
But after some concern over the loose structure of the school, where there are is no set curriculum and no start time, parents started requesting formal examinations– and they were stunned by the results.
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Christians leaders aren’t backing down on their pleas for the Obama administration to further expand religious exemptions surrounding the controversial contraceptive mandate.
The ongoing debate about religious freedom has been raging since the mandate was first announced in January, causing a massive rift between Obama and a plethora of religious leaders and congregants. In a June 11 letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, 149 faith leaders made their views on the matter known.
The letter, which can be read in full here, was assembled by Stanley Carlson-Thies who helped setup George W. Bush’s faith-based office. While numerous protestants were included in the pool of individuals signing on, no Catholic bishops joined in. As stated, the Catholic Church is pursuing its own lawsuits to help rectify the wrongs it sees inherent in the mandate. The National Catholic Register has more about the signatories:
The letter was organized by the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance, a Washington, D.C.-based coalition that works to protect the religious identity and work of faith-based organizations throughout America. It was signed by aid organizations including World Relief and the U.S. branches of the Salvation Army and World Vision, Inc. The National Association of Evangelicals, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and the North American Baptist Conference were also represented in the letter, as well as law organizations such as Liberty Counsel and the American Center for Law and Justice.
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Few lines uttered at the Progressive Netroots conference this weekend would rival the offensiveness of the vitriol that came from the “Liberate Your Ass” panel, which focused on “Why Sexual Freedom is Key to Fighting the Right.”
Particularly coarse and disturbing were the comments of Elisabeth Fernandez-Kimmel, a Policy Advocate for the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance.
According to Kimmel, “The Right” either has “crappy” sex or sex with children, animals or illegitimate citizens. Therefore, the right is projecting their “crappy, weird, twisted sex lives” onto the leftist community.
Read and See more here.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Tuesday introduced the Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act, which would require the government to get a warrant before using aerial drones to surveil U.S. citizens.
More broadly, Paul’s bill is aimed at preventing “unwarranted governmental intrusion” through the use of drones, according to the lawmaker.
“Like other tools used to collect information in law enforcement, in order to use drones a warrant needs to be issued,” Paul said Tuesday. “Americans going about their everyday lives should not be treated like criminals or terrorists and have their rights infringed upon by military tactics.”
The bill, S. 3287, would require the government to obtain a warrant to use drones with the exception of patroling national borders, when drones are needed to prevent “imminent danger to life” or when there are risks of a terrorist attack.
The bill would also give Americans the ability to sue the government for violating the act. And, it would prohibit evidence collected with warrantless drone surveillance from being used as evidence in court.
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Back in April, comedian Jon Lovitz came to a friend’s aid by publicizing the anti-Semitic graffiti that was left in her front yard. Multiple swastikas surrounded the word “Jew,” feces were reportedly left on the doorstep, and security footage caught part of the incident.
“Some coward & idiot left this on a friend’s doorstep, yesterday. This is an insult to all of us,” Lovitz tweeted, attaching the above picture.
Lovitz spent days discussing the story on his Twitter feed, writing that “Jews are no longer victims,” and that everyone should stand up in such a situation.
He also added that this case was particularly sensitive, since the family’s parents were Holocaust survivors.
But now, a little over two months later, the woman in question is being charged with three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, two counts of vandalism, two counts of trespassing, and two counts of tampering with a vehicle.
Read more here.