ANTI-AMERICAN ELITISTS: Ex-Justice John Paul Stevens and Michael Bloomberg Defile the Constitution

Guest post by Gun Owners of America

“The founders did not establish a right to bear arms… They assumed it already existed [and] said that it ‘shall not be infringed.’ But gun-control advocates frequently want to skip over those words.”

Gun Owners of America joined a chorus of pro-gun organizations in slamming idiotic comments made recently by former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

In a newly released book, Justice Stevens said the Second Amendment should be altered to say that people only have the right to bear arms “when serving in the militia.”

GOA blasted the comments, adding that gun owners would welcome the opportunity to demolish Stevens’ arguments in the court of public opinion.

“Bring on the debate,” said GOA Communications Director Erich Pratt in an interview with Newsmax over the weekend. Gun control advocates are always “pushing for draconian gun restrictions” while hiding behind words like “gun safety.”

But to a gun banner, those words are code for, “We just want the military and the police to have guns,” Pratt said. “So let’s get them out of the closet.”

Gun owners need not worry about Stevens’ idea gaining traction. Even an anti-gun liberal, like Professor Alan Dershowitz, opposes Stevens’ proposal.

“You don’t amend the Magna Carta,” Dershowitz said. “You don’t amend the Bill of Rights. There are certain things that you just leave pristine.”

GOA agrees. And increasingly, so do the American people.

Polls show more Americans opposing gun control

Remember all the phony polls which were used by Obama last year in order to push gun control?

Remember the unrelenting unilateral media pressure to ban guns — pressure reflected in even the “conservative” media?

Well, who’s laughing now?

Tuesday, the liberal USA Today was forced to concede that even liberal pollsters have found a massive, cataclysmic shift by Americans in favor of the right to keep and bear arms.

We bet that USA Today trolled all of the polls for some evidence that Americans embraced gun control to the same extent as their editorial board. What they found was a liberal Pew poll — conducted immediately after last year’s Newtown vote in April — that found that Americans were statistically evenly divided between pro-gunners and anti-gunners. Okay, it’s a liberal poll.

But what was even more interesting is that, in 2000, the same poll, asking the same questions, had found Americans supporting gun control by a margin of 66% to 29% — a 37% gap in favor of gun control.

And Pew is not alone.

Later in 2013, Gallup found that 51% of all Americans do not support stricter gun control. In 2000, that number was 38% — with 62% of Americans supposedly favoring more anti-gun laws.

Of course, 2000 was the year when gun owners confounded the pollsters and elected George Bush as president, over the anti-gun Democratic candidate, Al Gore.

Hence, you shouldn’t trust the polls. But when liberal gun grabbers are forced to concede that the polls are against them, that tells you something really interesting.

So, guess what, in this Easter week, we note that even Satan quotes scripture when he has no choice.

Bloomberg gets it really, really wrong

Speaking of the forces of darkness quoting Scripture, anti-gun former Mayor Michael Bloomberg chose this Easter week to try his hand at some biblical exposition.

But before we tell you about his whopper, Bloomberg made headlines on Wednesday after announcing his “threat” to spend $ 50 million to change people’s hearts and minds in favor of gun control.

Never mind the fact that Bloomberg has anything but the Midas touch when it comes to pushing gun control, as he’s lost almost every battle where he’s spent his millions.

“I guess he’s free to do so; he’s got money to waste,” said GOA Executive Director Larry Pratt on MSNBC. “But frankly, I think he’s going to find out why his side keeps losing.”

Indeed, Bloomberg lost in Nevada last year, where he tried to get a universal gun registry and universal background checks enacted.

He lost in Colorado, where he tried to rescue two state senators from being recalled because of their gun control votes.

And he lost in the U.S. Senate, where a concealed carry amendment actually garnered more Senate votes than did his proposal for expanding background checks on guns.

But it’s not just on guns where he gets it wrong. Obviously proud of his efforts in pushing firearms restrictions, Bloomberg said this week that:

“If there is a God, when I get to heaven, I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I’m heading right in. I’ve earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”

Wow, if he thinks he’s blessed because of his efforts to disarm the public, he should consider passages like I Samuel 13:16-22, where arms control was considered a curse; and Luke 22:36, where Jesus told His disciples to sell their cloaks and buy a sword (if they didn’t already have one).

And as for breezing right through the pearly gates, without an interview, and gaining entrance on the basis of his own very tainted efforts? Does he really think that he can buy his way into heaven because of the millions he’s spent on “social issues”?

Most people would find that disgusting.

Sadly, it appears that Bloomberg has no idea what this Easter weekend is all about. And so on that note, we here at Gun Owners of America hope that you and your family will have a blessed holiday.

Read more at Gun Owners of America

Doug Ross @ Journal

What would Reagan do with a punk like Putin?

Guest post by Investor’s Business Daily

Russian Aggression: Instead of a foreign policy that’s a blend of Neville Chamberlain and Monty Python, the U.S. should trade flexibility for some backbone, scrap the reset button and start digging some missile silos.

It takes a lot to make Jimmy Carter look like Winston Churchill. But President Obama, who bats not an eye as a Russian warplane buzzes a U.S. warship in the Black Sea, has accomplished that with his pusillanimous policy regarding Moscow’s creeping anschluss in Ukraine.

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s comparison of current events to the days before World War II is on the mark. On Saturday, March 7, 1936, Hitler ordered three battalions of the German army to cross the Rhine bridges into an area of Germany demilitarized by the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I.

The British and French, fearing war, did nothing. The rest, as they say, is history.

Crimea was Putin’s Rhineland, and the sanctions involving travel restrictions on low-level oligarchs was laughable. Tyrants do not move swiftly. They test the waters. They nibble. They watch. Weakness and inaction only delay the inevitable.

When Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev met Ronald Reagan in Reykjavik, Iceland, in October 1986, he hoped the U.S. president would be willing to trade his Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) away in exchange for arms-control agreements and vague promises of making nice with America.

Reagan refused to negotiate the SDI away. He opposed the proposed nuclear freeze and put Pershing missiles in Europe to counter the Soviet SS-20s that were targeted on Western Europe. He put America’s security in the hands of American technology, not the goodwill of its enemies.

Within hours of the election of Barack Obama, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev announced that Moscow would deploy SS-26 Iskander missiles in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad situated between our NATO allies Poland and Lithuania. He wanted the U.S. to abandon plans to deploy missile interceptors in Poland and warning radars in the Czech Republic designed to counter a future threat from Iran.

Unlike President Reagan, Obama meekly complied and notified the Poles in a midnight phone call on Sept. 17, 2009 — the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s invasion of Poland — that we were pulling the plug on that system due to Russian objections.

Putin, getting ready to resume the Russian presidency and his plans to reassemble the old Soviet Union, took note. The U.S. under Obama would not resist Moscow’s ambitions.

Putin watched on 2012 as Obama promised Medvedev at the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea, that after his re-election he would have more “flexibility” to weaken missile defense, which would help him fulfill his dream of U.S. disarmament.

Speaking last Wednesday in Berlin not far from where President Obama once expressed his dream of a world without nuclear weapons, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence noted the obvious: that the Obama administration’s policy of “conciliatory diplomacy” toward Russia has failed and suggested an appropriate response to Putin.

“With continued instability in the Middle East, and Putin’s aggression in Ukraine,” Pence said, “I believe we must take immediate steps to strengthen our mutual security by deploying a robust missile defense in all of Europe — including Poland and the Czech Republic — to protect the interests of our NATO allies and the United States in the region.”

Coupled with an announcement that we would complete the Keystone XL pipeline and remove all drilling and energy export restrictions, it would be more than enough to make Putin, the old KGB colonel, pause.

Such strikes on the source of Putin’s economic strength and strategic ambitions would amount to real consequences for his actions.


Read more at Investor’s Business Daily

Doug Ross @ Journal

The Top 150 Conservative Websites, April 2014

Here are the latest standings of conservative news and opinion sites, which are ordered using their Alexa traffic rankings. Yes, some of these are center-right, libertarian, or more middle-of-the-road sites, but they are included because they do publish center-right opinion pieces on a regular basis.


Rank Website Traffic Rank
1 foxnews.com 161
2 wsj.com 213
3 telegraph.co.uk 223
4 drudgereport.com 435
5 theblaze.com 568
6 nypost.com 891
7 thedailybeast.com 1079
8 breitbart.com 1339
9 zerohedge.com 1420
10 newsmax.com 1742
11 wnd.com 2070
12 ijreview.com 2157
13 dailycaller.com 2265
14 washingtontimes.com 2501
15 nationalreview.com 3659
16 realclearpolitics.com 4340
17 townhall.com 5097
18 thehill.com 5177
19 freerepublic.com 5372
20 cnsnews.com 5468
21 pajamasmedia.com 5613
22 pjmedia.com 5613
23 investors.com 5726
24 hotair.com 5810
25 twitchy.com 5868
26 washingtonexaminer.com 6086
27 weeklystandard.com 6231
28 foxnewsinsider.com 6969
29 newsbusters.org 7200
30 timesofisrael.com 7335
31 heritage.org 8003
32 reason.com 8618
33 wattsupwiththat.com 9425
34 freebeacon.com 9592
35 americanthinker.com 11166
36 rushlimbaugh.com 11492
37 westernjournalism.com 11767
38 debka.com 11942
39 bizpacreview.com 16398
40 freedomoutpost.com 16466
41 lifenews.com 16708
42 tpnn.com 17582
43 lucianne.com 20946
44 thegatewaypundit.com 21053
45 redstate.com 21066
46 powerlineblog.com 21843
47 spectator.co.uk 21879
48 weaselzippers.us 22800
49 therightscoop.com 23026
50 canadafreepress.com 23836
51 rightwingnews.com 23948
52 thenewamerican.com 25342
53 mises.org 29735
54 fas.org 31832
55 badblue.com 32894
56 macleans.ca 33738
57 ace.mu.nu,mypetjawa.mu.nu,rhymeswithright.mu.nu 34765
58 humanevents.com 35822
59 rare.us 37840
60 takimag.com 39876
61 spectator.org 41000
62 creators.com 42290
63 theminorityreportblog.com 44528
64 rasmussenreports.com 45888
65 watchdog.org 46264
66 memeorandum.com 46990
67 anncoulter.com 47131
68 globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com 48592
69 market-ticker.org 48915
70 legalinsurrection.com 49093
71 michellemalkin.com 50111
72 jihadwatch.org 51856
73 steynonline.com 52027
74 freedomworks.org 54686
75 commentarymagazine.com 55181
76 shoebat.com 58442
77 patriotupdate.com 59624
78 algemeiner.com 61514
79 atr.org 65886
80 defensetech.org 67142
81 firstthings.com 70777
82 the-american-interest.com 71812
83 daybydaycartoon.com 72890
84 borderlandbeat.com 74446
85 theothermccain.com 74706
86 strategypage.com 75443
87 mrc.org 76296
88 climateaudit.org 77543
89 althouse.blogspot.com 82225
90 realclearmarkets.com 82749
91 iowntheworld.com 84403
92 danielpipes.org 85285
93 linkiest.com 87889
94 hannity.com 88943
95 city-journal.org 95402
96 liberallogic101.com 96774
97 ricochet.com 96929
98 marklevinshow.com 97523
99 whitehousedossier.com 100946
100 blurbrain.com 109917
101 lonelyconservative.com 110165
102 directorblue.blogspot.com 110887
103 aei.org 112397
104 tenthamendmentcenter.com 115931
105 datechguyblog.com 119954
106 politicker.com 126005
107 redalertpolitics.com 126262
108 gatesofvienna.net 127066
109 israelhayom.com 129345
110 gatestoneinstitute.org 130470
111 judicialwatch.org 131568
112 politicaloutcast.com 136835
113 numbersusa.com 137692
114 thepeoplescube.com 140953
115 volokh.com 142848
116 libertynews.com 147955
117 moonbattery.com 152044
118 angrywhitedude.com 160736
119 hughhewitt.com 161076
120 westernrifleshooters.wordpress.com 161848
121 american.com 164045
122 maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com 164932
123 aim.org 170038
124 thisainthell.us 175844
125 americandigest.org 176366
126 independentsentinel.com 183433
127 sayanythingblog.com 186722
128 thecommentator.com 193012
129 smalldeadanimals.com 201212
130 sultanknish.blogspot.com 205679
131 lignet.com 211447
132 watchdogwire.com 213486
133 pjtv.com 218574
134 wizbangblog.com 219587
135 cis.org 221742
136 varight.com 224598
137 creepingsharia.wordpress.com 226367
138 eagnews.org 227669
139 jammiewf.com 231750
140 floppingaces.net 235462
141 cowboybyte.com 236558
142 hopenchangecartoons.blogspot.com 243734
143 victorygirlsblog.com 246241
144 americanpowerblog.blogspot.com 246554
145 tammybruce.com 247310
146 memri.org 254476
147 fireandreamitchell.com 256253
148 conservativeintel.com 256785
149 conservativehideout.com 261966
150 israelmatzav.blogspot.com 262910
151 camera.org 264164
152 blackfive.net 269635
153 conservatives4palin.com 271530
154 maggiesnotebook.com 272826
155 israpundit.com 283085
156 the-american-journal.com 285589
157 patterico.com 286539
158 reaganiterepublicanresistance.blogspot.com 291745
159 gaypatriot.net 306126
160 collegeinsurrection.com 313149
161 winteryknight.wordpress.com 315823
162 dougpowers.com 319606
163 netrightdaily.com 321728
164 trevorloudon.com 325798
165 reagancoalition.com 331715
166 cafehayek.com 350294
167 thepiratescove.us 355895
168 justoneminute.typepad.com 357883
169 dailypundit.com 359235
170 ihatethemedia.com 359586
171 yidwithlid.blogspot.com 397710
172 allamericanblogger.com 409709
173 babalublog.com 414900
174 dennisprager.com 424076
175 capitalismmagazine.com 424088
176 michellesmirror.com 433014
177 riehlworldview.com 451127
178 hillbuzz.org 451441
179 fairus.org 455574
180 scaredmonkeys.com 455950
181 bookwormroom.com 461739
182 theobjectivestandard.com 466311
183 carolineglick.com 477211
184 investigativeproject.org 478679
185 freeenterprise.com 485805
186 newcriterion.com 487772
187 noisyroom.net 496805
188 economicnoise.com 505285
189 poorrichardsnews.com 527790
190 jenkuznicki.com 534263
191 conservativehq.com 545330
192 moelane.com 547638
193 formerspook.blogspot.com 555037
194 claremont.org 556327
195 blazingcatfur.blogspot.com 565154
196 publiusforum.com 568495
197 menrec.com 578297
198 newsrealblog.com 587308
199 curmudgeonlyskeptical.blogspot.com 591029
200 rightpundits.com 605215

Why does the “Top 150″ list have 200 entries? The same reason the Big Ten has, like, 48 teams.

Related:

The Top 150 Conservative Websites, November 2013.

The Top 150 Conservative Websites, June 2013.

The Top 150 Conservative Websites, Feburary 2013.

The Top 150 Conservative Websites, October 2012.

The Top 150 Conservative Websites, July 2012.

Doug Ross @ Journal

Millions of former Muslims will celebrate Easter this year. Meet one, Hormoz Shariat, the “Billy Graham of Iran.”

Hormoz Shariat, the "Billy Graham of Iran," and I discuss the Gospel on live satellite TV broadcast into the Persian speaking world.

Hormoz Shariat, the “Billy Graham of Iran,” and I discuss the Gospel — the good news of how Muslims, Jews, and all people can be forgiven and go to heaven — on live satellite TV broadcast into Iran.

(Washington, D.C.) — In 1979, there were fewer than 500 Muslim converts to Christianity in all of Iran. Today, there are over one million Iranian who love Jesus Christ, have become His followers, and are celebrating Easter.

In fact, this Easter millions of former Muslims throughout the Middle East, North Africa and central Asia are celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Whereas they once saw Jesus as merely a prophet, now they are convinced that He is God, and they have renounced Islam and chosen to follow Him no matter what it costs them.

In my 2009 non-fiction book, Inside The Revolution, I wrote several chapters about this extraordinary trend of Muslims leaving Islam and becoming Christ-followers. In the book, I described my travels from Morocco to Afghanistan, interviewing “MBBs,” Muslim Background Believers in Jesus.

One of the leaders of this movement that I profiled in the book is Dr. Hormoz Shariat. He was a Shia Muslim in Iran in 1979 shouting, “Death to America!” on the streets of Tehran with his Muslim wife. But within a few years, they were actually living in the U.S. and had both become Christians after dramatic conversion experiences. They started sharing the Gospel with friends and leading them to Christ. In time, they started planting churches of Iranian believers, and eventually founded a satellite TV ministry to broadcast the Gospel and discipleship training into Iran and the Persian speaking world.

In the book, I dubbed Hormoz “the Billy Graham of Iran,” because God has raised him up to preach the Gospel to millions in their native language of Farsi. Now, a Christian magazine has just profiled Hormoz. I was interviewed for the article and was honored to discuss my friendship and respect for him.

I commend the article to your attention and encourage you not only to read it in full, but to share it with others.

Please be praying for Hormoz and his family and team, as well as for all MBBs this Easter season. They face intense spiritual opposition, and persecution. But they have see the great hope and freedom and forgiveness and peace that comes from faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and most are eager to share the good news of God’s amazing grace and love with the Muslim world, regardless of the challenges and dangers they face.

THE BILLY GRAHAM OF IRAN

By Troy Anderson, Charisma Magazine, April 2014

Not long after the Iran hostage crisis, the authorities arrested Hormoz Shariat’s 16-year-old brother, Hamraz, on a minor political charge. At the time, Hormoz was a new believer in America and was confident his brother, a political activist who had a small role with the Mujahedeen, would be released. But in 1984, after two years in jail, Shariat’s brother was executed by a firing squad.

Shocked by the news of his brother’s death, Shariat broke down crying, asking God why He let it happen. He felt anger toward God and the people who killed his brother. A few days later, Shariat told God he wanted revenge—but then he recalled the Bible’s words that say, “Vengeance is Mine” (Deut. 32:35; Rom. 12:19). Shariat told God he hated those who had killed his brother—but then he remembered Jesus said anyone who is angry with their brother has already murdered them in their heart (Matt. 5:21-22).

He says he felt the Lord saying to him in prayer, “You know who your enemy is? These people—the clergy and the leaders of Iran—are not your enemy. They are lost children. You have only one enemy. Satan has been working to bring about this injustice. If you want to hurt Satan, evangelize. It hurts him really bad when you bring people to Christ.”

As Shariat tells it, that’s when he committed himself to sharing the gospel the rest of his life.

“I had a vision that by the end of my life I could bring 1 million Muslims to know Him,” he says. “I also learned that God’s love is the greatest power we have to stop Islam and help Muslim captives be free.”

Visions of Jesus

In the three decades since Shariat set his resolve, this minister—dubbed “the Billy Graham of Iran” by New York Times best-selling author Joel C. Rosenberg—has not only watched that goal come to fruition, but has also been given a front-row seat to one of the most astonishing supernatural phenomenon in modern times: thousands of people in Iran and throughout the Middle East reporting visitations of Jesus in dreams and visions.

“It’s amazing,” says Shariat, who founded the satellite broadcasting ministry Iran Alive Ministries in 2001. “God is graciously appearing to people in visions, dreams and through miracles. Sometimes they have dreams or visions of Jesus, run across our satellite television broadcast, hear the gospel, and then they believe. They may have, as children, had dreams or saw visions of Jesus. The vision or dream prepares them for the gospel. Other times they watch our program, ask if this is true or not, and then they have a dream or vision that confirms what they heard.”

Shariat believes the message is clear—that God is telling Christians in the West, “You look at them as terrorists who have no hope of salvation. Are you looking at them that way? I’m not. Look at Me. I’m appearing to them. I’m doing it Myself. Would you join Me to reach out to the Muslims?”

Rosenberg wrote about this phenomenon of dreams and visions in his book Inside the Revolution. “It’s an exciting development,” he says, “and it’s consistent with the Bible prophecies found in Joel 2, in which the Lord says in the last days He will pour our His Holy Spirit and people will see dreams and visions.”

Explosion of Faith

Since the hostage crisis ended in 1981, Rosenberg says the number of Christians in Iran has increased exponentially, from 500 to a conservative estimate of 1 million. Shariat, however,  says the number may be far larger, noting that Iran—the world’s only theocracy, with 76 million residents—has the fastest-growing evangelical Christian population on the planet, according to the latest edition of Operation World’s manual. In fact, more Persians have come to Christ in the 35 years since the Islamic Revolution than in the prior 1,400 years combined—and most of these conversions have occurred in the past decade, as an estimated 62 million Iranians have gained access to the gospel message through satellite TV broadcasts….

[To read the rest of this fascinating article, please click here]

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>> Would you like to read a short explanation of the Gospel, and how you can have a personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ? Please click here and read “The Four Spiritual Laws.”

>> An historic Christian awakening is under way in Iran. I discuss the inside story in this 20 minute interview with Dr. Hormoz Shariat.

>> Watch Hormoz Shariat share his story at an Epicenter Conference (YouTube)

>> Hormoz Shariat interviews Joel Rosenberg on satellite TV into Iran (YouTube)

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