Saturday, September 5, 2015
Friday, September 4, 2015
Thursday, September 3, 2015
A federal judge in Kentucky has ordered Rowan County clerk Kim Davis to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses, including to same-sex couples.
Davis, who was found in contempt of court by U.S. District Judge David Bunning, has been the center of controversy recently for citing her religious beliefs in refusing issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples — or any couples, for that matter — after the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states.
David Moore and David Ermold, two Kentuckians who went viral in July for posting a video of Davis refusing to issue them a marriage license, have been denied a license four times. The Supreme Court on Monday denied Davis’ injunction request for an exemption to the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling. Davis, an elected official, was summoned to court on Tuesday.
Monday, August 24, 2015
Thursday, August 20, 2015
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS 11) -- Kentucky's only Democratic representative in Congress is expressing concern about Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's e-mail controversy, calling it "very confusing," and potentially a disqualifying scandal for her candidacy.
"I just never feel I have a grasp of what the facts are," US Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky. Third District) told WHAS11 on Wednesday. "Clearly, she has handled it poorly from the first day. And, there's the appearance of dishonesty, if it's not dishonest."
Clinton has been dogged by questions about her use of a private e-mail server while she served as U.S. Secretary of State, denying that the unsecure server was ever used to send or receive classified information.
"We have turned over the server," Clinton said to reporters on Tuesday. "They can do whatever they want to, with the server to figure out what's there or what's not there."
"But we turned over everything that was work-related. Every single thing," Clinton said.
Yarmuth said the controversy is happening early enough in the campaign, that as long as Clinton is being truthful and did not use her personal e-mail server for classified materials, the issue can "boil over."
"But, I still think there is a chance this could upend her campaign," Yarmuth cautioned.
In her Tuesday news conference, Clinton said the only people talking about the e-mail controversy are the media -- which is not letting up.
"I think if she intentionally misled or lied to the American people and did something that was clearly against rules, and knowingly did it against rules, if that is the ultimate conclusion, then I think she has disqualified herself," Yarmuth said.
The five-term Democratic congressman from Louisville said he expects Clinton to be the Democratic nominee, but has not yet endorsed her.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Fifteen State Attorney Generals have filed suit against Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency for their sweeping and unconstitutional carbon regulations.
The fifteen states who petitioned the court on Thursday are West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
If you are like me, you are wondering where your state is in the list.
The Blaze reports that under the unconstitutional regulations, the EPA will “regulate the electricity industry and require states and utility companies to meet goals, providing rewards and penalties.”
EPA spokeswoman Liz Purchia told Reuters, “To ensure that the Clean Power Plan’s significant health benefits and progress against climate change are delivered to all Americans, EPA and the Department of Justice will vigorously defend it in court.”
Fine, but you have no constitutional authority to do so.
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said, “This rule is the most far-reaching energy regulation in the ... to transform itself from an environmental regulator to a central planning agency for states’ energy economies. The Clean Air Act was never intended to be used to create this type of regulatory regime, and it flies in the face of the powers granted to states under the U.S. Constitution.”
The attempt by the states could be more easily dismissed through nullification of EPApolicies, since they are not even law and since the EPA is an unconstitutional agency. However, something had to be done immediately.
“If we were to wait on the EPA to get this rule published, it could be well into 2016 before the States complete arguments and receive a ruling on a request to stay this rule,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “By that time, many states will already be in the middle of drafting their compliance plans ahead of the September 2016 deadline. We want to ensure that no more taxpayer money or resources are wastefully spent in an attempt to comply with this unlawful rule that we believe will ultimately be thrown out in court.”
“While this request is not typical, the EPA is playing games by putting the risk of a delay in publication entirely on the states,” Morrisey added. “We hope the court will spare our states any more unnecessary harm, and that the EPA will not needlessly delay the publication date.”
Of course, Barack Obama, being the Marxist that he is, called the unconstitutional measures “the single most important step the U.S. has ever taken to fight climate change.”
The problem is that there is no climate change. There is no global warming. All of this is false science in order to extort money from the American people, impose communism inAmerica, shutdown business and eventually control the people.
“This is one of those rare issues because of its magnitude, because of its scope, that if we don’t get it right, we may not be able to reverse it,” Obama said. “There is such a thing as being too late when it comes to climate change. That doesn’t mean it’s hopeless. We can take action.”
The problem is that men do no create the weather or change the climate. God does. He determines how far the seas go (Job 38:8-11) and how hard the winds blow (matt 4:39). Yes, even hurricanes, tempests and such are at His command. Climate change is nothing more than a ruse. It is a lie because it comes from those whose father is the father of lies (John 8:44), the devil.
It’s long past time that states began to start banding together to ignore, not go to court with, the federal government in matters like this. Furthermore, they should ignore the court’s ruling, which is just that (ie. A ruling), and begin nullifying and interposing themselves between citizens, businesses and other entities in the states and the federal government.
Better yet, why don’t we simply band together to eliminate the federal government altogether and go back to sovereign states and Articles of Confederation. That would eliminate much of the tyranny that is strangling us today.
Saturday, August 15, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC – In this week’s Republican address, Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) discusses the new Congress’s accomplishments to date – from the first real entitlement reform in nearly two decades to a plan that advances free trade and American jobs – and our ongoing commitment to address the people’s priorities.
The audio of the address is available here, embargoed until tomorrow at 6:00 am ET, when the video will be available on Speaker.gov and GOP.gov.
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul may add an amendment to the federal highway bill to keep federal dollars from Planned Parenthood.
The presidential hopeful said in a statement on his campaign website that he will make a move next week to strip all federal funding from Planned Parenthood.
"The recent revelation that this taxpayer-funded organization is selling body parts of the unborn further proves that this agency deserves our scorn, not our tax dollars," Paul said.
"I plan to do whatever I can to stop them and will introduce an amendment to pending Senate legislation to immediately strip every dollar of Planned Parenthood funding," he added.
Roll Call is noting that one piece of pending legislation that the Senate is expected to tackle next week is the transportation bill, which has bipartisan support.
The highway funding bill needs to be passed by July 31, before the government's authority to provide transportation funds to the states runs out.
According to a statement on Paul's Senate website, Planned Parenthood receives almost $500 million per year from the federal government.
"The continued disregard and disrespect for human life at Planned Parenthood, a partially taxpayer-funded organization, is shocking and appalling," he said.
"Recent video revelations, involving potentially criminal activity, make it more obvious than ever that this organization has absolutely zero respect for the sanctity of human life and is an affront to the most basic human dignity enshrined in our founding documents," Paul added.
"Not one more taxpayer dollar should go to Planned Parenthood and I intend to make that goal a reality."
Planned Parenthood has come under fire ever since an undercover video was released earlier this week of Planned Parenthood's senior director of medical services discussing in explicit detail the process the group goes through to procure fetal body parts for buyers.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Saturday, July 11, 2015
FRANKFORT – A Republican attorney I know sees the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage and the reaction in Kentucky – where some county clerks refuse to issue marriage licenses – through the lens of history.
“It’s this generation’s Brown v. Board of Education,” he said, referring to the landmark court ruling that school segregation was unconstitutional.
“You don’t have to like it, but it’s the law,” my attorney friend continued.
The attorney is no Democrat. He’s not urban and he’s certainly not liberal. I have no idea how he feels about the morality of same-sex marriage. But he understands the law and how our system works.
There are similarities between the same-sex ruling, Obergefell v. Hodges, and the Brown v. Board of Education ruling that threw out the “separate but equal” justification for school desegregation.
Even the phrase “separate but equal” resonates in some Kentucky county clerks’ explanation of why their religious beliefs should allow them to refuse to grant marriage licenses. After all, they say, a couple can obtain the desired license simply by driving to a neighboring county – but they didn’t ask opposite-sex couples to do that until the court ruling.
The court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954. But it was 1964 before the Glasgow schools I attended integrated. Significant social change sometimes doesn’t happen overnight.
There are likely to be others who resist the ruling of the court. Just like some did in the civil rights era, some are now calling for changes to our court system and decrying a decision by “five liberal, unelected lawyers” (never mind a majority of the court is conservative and was appointed by Republican presidents).
Like civil rights and abortion, there will probably be more court battles as some resist the ruling. But supporters of same-sex marriage can probably draw hope from the history of the civil rights battles and from the general trend of American history to enlarge and expand individual minority rights rather than restrict them.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
President Barack Obama and Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid have publicly told their caucus to run on ObamaCare. Yet it’s becoming more and more clear that the party bosses within the Democrat Party are telling red-state Democrats who weren’t in office to avoid any and all questions about ObamaCare.
In Georgia, Democrat Michelle Nunn has painfully gone out of her way to tell voters she doesn’t know how she would’ve vote on ObamaCare. While in Kentucky, anti-coal Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes remains mum on if she would’ve vote for ObamaCare. Yet they have no problem telling voters that they do not want to repeal this job-killing law.
Below is a Tumblr post and statement from the RNC:
“Despite the happy face Democrats put on, it’s evident the liberal bigwigs in Washington are telling Alison Lundergan Grimes and Michelle Nunn that they shouldn’t discuss ObamaCare. Sooner or later, Grimes, Nunn and the rest of the Democrats’ liberal recruits will need to explain why they’re stonewalling voters about their support for ObamaCare.” Jahan Wilcox, RNC Spokesman
They call themselves the Tea Party, but for the loosely associated small-government groups that have upended Republican politics during the last five years, there was no cause for celebration when the results of Tuesday's primaries came in.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell -- who began this election cycle as a slow-moving target for grassroots conservatives -- highlighted the GOP establishment’s biggest round of victories yet during a primary season in which the Tea Party has repeatedly fallen short.
McConnell’s win was expected, but his 60 percent-35 percent thrashing of challenger Matt Bevin in Kentucky was emblematic of the establishment’s resurgence within the party.
Suffering anemic approval ratings and having to fend off millions of dollars in attack ads from outside spending groups, McConnell worked relentlessly to portray Bevin -- who created plenty of problems on his own -- in a negative light.
After coasting to the nomination largely unscathed, McConnell will now build upon the conservative support he brought together in the heavily Republican state as takes on Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes in the general election.
In the other marquee Republican matchup on Tuesday, establishment fears that a weak candidate would be nominated to run against Democrat Michelle Nunn in the Georgia Senate race proved unfounded.
In a crowded contest that included a pair of marginal general election prospects, businessman David Perdue and U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston emerged as the top two contenders, who will square off against each other in a July runoff.
Both men enjoy support from a broad range of Republicans in the state, and each is considered a strong opponent for Nunn, who has enjoyed surprisingly robust early poll numbers in hypothetical general election matchups.Via: Real Clear Politics
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Several dozen suspected terrorist bombmakers, including some believed to have targeted American troops, may have mistakenly been allowed to move to the United States as war refugees, according to FBI agents investigating the remnants of roadside bombs recovered from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The discovery in 2009 of two al Qaeda-Iraq terrorists living as refugees in Bowling Green, Kentucky -- who later admitted in court that they'd attacked U.S. soldiers in Iraq -- prompted the bureau to assign hundreds of specialists to an around-the-clock effort aimed at checking its archive of 100,000 improvised explosive devices collected in the war zones, known as IEDs, for other suspected terrorists' fingerprints.
"We are currently supporting dozens of current counter-terrorism investigations like that," FBI Agent Gregory Carl, director of the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC), said in an ABC News interview to be broadcast tonight on ABC News' "World News with Diane Sawyer" and "Nightline".
"I wouldn't be surprised if there were many more than that," said House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul. "And these are trained terrorists in the art of bombmaking that are inside the United States; and quite frankly, from a homeland security perspective, that really concerns me."
As a result of the Kentucky case, the State Department stopped processing Iraq refugees for six months in 2011, federal officials told ABC News – even for many who had heroically helped U.S. forces as interpreters and intelligence assets. One Iraqi who had aided American troops was assassinated before his refugee application could be processed, because of the immigration delays, two U.S. officials said. In 2011, fewer than 10,000 Iraqis were resettled as refugees in the U.S., half the number from the year before, State Department statistics show.
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