Former Presidents Call for Unity at Hurricane Relief Concert

Oct 22 2017 - 7:48pm
Former Presidents from right, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter gather on stage at the opening of a hurricanes relief concert in College Station, Texas, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. All five living former U.S. presidents joined to support a Texas concert raising money for relief efforts from Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria's devastation in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. (AP Photo/LM Otero) AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The five living former presidents put aside politics and appeared together for the first time since 2013 at a concert on Saturday to raise money for victims of devastating hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Democrats Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and Republicans George H.W. and George W. Bush gathered in College Station, Texas, home of Texas A&M University, to try to unite the country after the...

New Film Celebrates One Man’s Journey From Homelessness to NYT Best-Selling Author

Oct 22 2017 - 7:48pm
Same Kind of Different As Me Opening this weekend, Paramount Pictures' biopic Same Kind of Different As Me presents a true story about bridging socioeconomic divides through mutual understanding. It centers on how international art dealer Ron Hall (Greg Kinnear) begins a friendship with homeless man Denver Moore (Djimon Hounsou), at the urging of Hall's wife Debbie (Oscar winner Renee Zellweger). The two men eventually co-wrote a New York Times bestseller, revealing how and what they learned from each other despite their differences. Hall and Moore began to speak together in churches and civic venues nationwide. Since 1998 when they first met, their efforts have raised more than $85 million for charity groups addressing poverty and homelessness. In the midst of degrading scandals consuming Hollywood, this film charts a unique path to telling a story that inspires and entertains. Same Kind of Different As Me doesn't shy away from controversy, addressing issues...

I’m a Conservative Who Was Roofied by a Stranger. Here’s What I Think of ‘Me, Too’

Oct 22 2017 - 7:48pm
Woman in pipe sad 900 Me, too. That phrase has floated around social media all week, a trend started in response to the recent sexual assault allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. The premise is simple, if not oversimplified: Shift the focus away from predators and onto the victims. Tens of thousands of women--and men--have shared their stories of rape, sexual assault, or harassment under the hashtag. For some, the only words that came were "Me, too." I process through writing. This week, I have written something incredibly personal, for a trend no one--including myself--expected me to participate in. I believe I owe myself a voice, and for that reason, I share my story with you. Me, too. Waking Up on a Hospital Gurney This wound is still fresh. Not long ago, shortly after moving halfway across the country to Washington, D.C., I was roofied in a bar. I recall telling myself I would just have one drink, since the friends I was supposed to meet canceled on me. The next 12 hours are black. Not...

Who, Me, Fear-Mongering? A Humanist Liberal’s Look At Conservatives

Oct 22 2017 - 7:48pm
Blame Fear Mongering Pointing Fingers Hypocrisy - 900 Spencer Grady-Pawl, commentator at The Humanist, visited the Values Voter Summit last weekend. The Humanist presents some of America's most committed atheists and social liberals. Want to know how we Christian conservatives look from the other side? Here's how he summed it all up. I realize that I emerged with useful insight into how the social conservative machine operates. It has experts, calm and reasonable, explain to audiences that Christians are the most persecuted group in America; that your community could soon be under Sharia if the Muslim tide is not stemmed; that social justice and humanism are code words for an attack on the values that built this country. It unites disparate organizations, from the NRA to the Heritage Foundation, to broaden its reach and appeal. And in doing so, it creates an effective movement against many of...

The Staggering Slur Against General John Kelly

Oct 22 2017 - 7:48pm
General John Kelly White House Soldiers Military - 900 MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell first made his fame and fortune as a writer on West Wing. Tragically, he’s now penning political snuff films for the Left. On Friday, with a smug self-righteousness staggering even by MSNBC standards, Lawrence O’Donnell declared war hero and Gold Star father General John Kelly a racist, all because of his Irish-Catholic background. I know the neighborhood John Kelly comes from. I know the culture. It was a neighborhood in which calling someone who looked like Frederica Wilson an empty barrel was the kindest thing that would have been said about her. You know what wasn't sacred when he was a kid growing up, where he was growing up? Black women. He took time. A lot of extra time to call a black woman who he doesn't know and he doesn't like an empty barrel. Colleague Joy Reid would echo the sentiment, insisting...

The Anti-Christian Barrage You Dare Not Ignore

Oct 22 2017 - 7:48pm
Accusations Blame Barrage Bombardment Questions Confused Worried Attack - 900 Last Friday I told a commenter I'd write an article answering an anti-Christianity charge he'd made here on The Stream. I'm going to do that, but later. There's another question I have to cover first: Who cares? What difference does it make? On its own, very little. But questions like these don’t appear out of nowhere; they represent a whole lot more. Let me quote what he said, then I'll explain.  They say integrity is doing the right thing when nobody’s watching. But mythologists believe that’s never the case. I’ll take the integrity of the rational good, who do the right thing without being coerced by the delusion they’re being watched by an imaginary overseer. The language is loaded. Christians are "mythologists," he...

Don’t Let the Race Baiters Divide Us

Oct 22 2017 - 7:48pm
Black vs White Thinking Racism People - 900 The America that I love, with all its warts and blemishes, voted for a black man to be our president eight years ago and welcomed a black family into the White House. The America that I love, with all its faults and failings, reveres the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King and regrets the legacy of slavery and segregation. That same America is being torn apart today by race baiters and race agitators. We must not let them divide us. We will always have racists and haters in our midst. We will always have provocateurs who feed on discord and strife. We will always have those who call for separation and division. But that doesn't mean we need to listen to them. To the contrary, we need to isolate them and marginalize them rather than make them mainstream. Unfortunately, today, it appears that the secular media is determined to mainstream the margins and to highlight the hate. This will bring...

US-Backed Forces Take Syria’s Largest Oil Field From ISIS

Oct 22 2017 - 7:48pm
This July 30, 2017 photo, shows an oil field controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in Rmeilan, Hassakeh province, northeast Syria. The SDF, with air support from the U.S.-led coalition, said Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 that they had captured the Al-Omar field, Syria’s largest oil field, from the Islamic State group, marking a major advance against the extremists and for now keeping the area out of the hands of pro-government forces. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla) BEIRUT (AP) -- U.S.-backed fighters captured Syria’s largest oil field from the Islamic State group Sunday, marking a major advance against the extremists in an area coveted by pro-government forces. With IS in retreat, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces and the Syrian government have been in a race to secure parts of the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province along the border with Iraq. The Al-Omar oil field was a major source of income for the militant group and is considered one Syria’s most productive. The condition of the field, which has been controlled by IS for three years, was not clear following...

Dramatic Sentencing Hearing Expected in Bergdahl Case

Oct 22 2017 - 7:48pm
FILE- In this Sept. 27, 2017, file photo, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl leaves a motions hearing during a lunch break in Fort Bragg, N.C. The fate of Bergdahl rests in a judge’s hands now that the Army sergeant has pleaded guilty to endangering his comrades by leaving his post in Afghanistan in 2009. Sentencing for Bergdahl starts Monday, Oct. 23, at Fort Bragg and is expected to feature dramatic testimony about soldiers and a Navy SEAL badly hurt while they searched for the missing Bergdahl. (Andrew Craft/The Fayetteville Observer via AP, File) RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The fate of Bowe Bergdahl -- the Army sergeant who pleaded guilty to endangering his comrades by leaving his post in 2009 in Afghanistan -- now rests in the hands of a judge. A sentencing hearing for Bergdahl starts Monday at Fort Bragg and is expected to feature dramatic testimony about soldiers and a Navy SEAL badly hurt while they searched for the missing Bergdahl, who was held captive for five years by Taliban allies after leaving his post. Bergdahl faces up to life in prison on charges of...

You Want to Fight Rape Culture? Great. Teach Chastity.

Oct 22 2017 - 7:48pm
Close up on a man and a woman holding hands at a wooden table The massive numbers of women saying "Me too" is heartbreaking. To say our culture is sex-saturated is the understatement of the century. Sex is used to advertise everything from detergents to cars to cheeseburgers to toilet paper. Almost every magazine in the grocery store checkout lanes features barely-clad women with a pouty, come-hither look, and headlines about how to have the most mind-blowing orgasm ever. Teen Vogue is selling sodomy to our daughters as a "safe" way to have great sex. Popular music today blasts sexually-explicit, vulgar lyrics set to a mind-numbing thumping of bass and synthesizer. A movie without nude sex scenes, or nowadays a homosexual sex scene, would be downright puritanical. Instead, bestsellers glorify and celebrate sexual violence and manipulation. Look at Fifty Shades of Grey. The rates of sexually-transmitted diseases...

Church, You Have Got To Take a Stand on Sexuality

Oct 21 2017 - 7:47pm
Church Standing Tall LGBT Pride Flag Christianity - 900 "I don't know, Tom. I don't like debate." I’d been talking with a pastor about his church's position on homosexuality and gay marriage. His own position was conservative and biblical, but someone else in leadership had fired a gay-affirming shot across the church's bow. I wondered what he was going to do about it. "Would you think of opening up a simple pastor-guided conversation," I asked him, "just to clarify matters for people who might wonder, 'what now?'" His distaste for disagreement led him to decline. Speaking With One Clear Voice Debate is risky, there's no denying it. The Episcopal denomination fractured wide open over this issue. Presbyterian congregations have left the PCUSA over it. The United Methodists are in imminent danger of losing the "United" part of their name. Help us champion truth, freedom...

Senate Panel Moves Forward On Long-Standing Judicial Vacancy

Oct 21 2017 - 7:47pm
US National Capitol - landmark in Washington D.C. WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Senate panel on Thursday narrowly backed the nomination of a North Carolina attorney to fill the nation’s longest judicial vacancy The Judiciary Committee voted 11-9 to recommend the nomination of Thomas Farr to the full Senate. If confirmed, he’ll serve on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, a post vacant for nearly 12 years. Farr was hired by North Carolina GOP leaders to defend congressional and legislative boundaries approved in 2011 that helped expand Republican majorities. The labor and constitutional law attorney also helped defend a wide-ranging, 2013 voting law in the state that required photo identification to vote, reduced the number of early voting days and made new voter registration more difficult. Help us champion truth, freedom, limited government and human dignity. Support The Stream >...

Trump Promises Tax Cuts as Senate Paves Way With Budget

Oct 21 2017 - 7:47pm
Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., a member of the Senate Budget Committee, heads to the floor during a series of votes at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump promised tax cuts Friday “which will be the biggest in the history of our country” following Senate passage of a $4 trillion budget that lays the groundwork for Republicans’ promised tax legislation. Republicans hope to push the first tax overhaul in three decades through Congress by year’s end, an ambitious goal that would fulfill multiple campaign promises but could run aground over any number of disputes. Failure could cost the GOP dearly in next year’s midterm elections. The budget plan, which passed on a near party-line vote late Thursday, includes rules that will allow Republicans to get tax legislation through the Senate without Democratic votes and without fear of a Democratic filibuster. Nonetheless, the GOP’s narrow 52-48 majority in the Senate will be difficult for leadership to navigate, as illustrated by the Republicans’ multiple failures to pass...

New Battle of the Alamo Brewing Over Texas Shrine Revamp

Oct 21 2017 - 7:47pm
In this March 6, 2013 file photo, Dan Phillips, a member of the San Antonio Living History Association, patrols the Alamo during a pre-dawn memorial ceremony to remember the 1836 Battle of the Alamo and those who fell on both sides, in San Antonio. Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is overseeing a 7-year, $450 million revamp of the Alamo, where 189 independence fighters were killed in 1836. That includes restoration of historical structures and building a new museum and visitors' center. But some conservatives worry that the importance of the battle for the Alamo will be marginalized by "political correctness," with the overhaul sanitizing less-desirable aspects of participants' history, including that some were slaveholders. SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Remember the Alamo? A new Texas battle is brewing over how best to do so. Land Commissioner George P. Bush is overseeing a 7-year revamp of the shrine where 189 Texas independence fighters were killed by Mexican Gen. Santa Anna’s troops in 1836. The site’s size would quadruple after excavation and restoration of...

Vegas Shooting Doesn’t Change Opinion on Guns: AP-NORC Poll

Oct 21 2017 - 7:47pm
LISA MARIE PANE and EMILY SWANSON ATLANTA (AP) -- The slaying of five dozen people in Las Vegas did little to change Americans’ opinions about gun laws. The nation is closely divided on whether restricting firearms would reduce such mass shootings or homicides, though a majority favor tighter laws as they have for several years, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The massive divide on stricter limits remains firmly in place. The survey was conducted from Oct. 12-16, about two weeks after 64-year-old Stephen Paddock fired on a crowded musical festival taking place on across the street from his hotel room, killing 58 and wounding more than 540 before killing himself. It’s the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history....

Court Supports Federal Officials In Not Facilitating Immigrant Teen’s Abortion

Oct 21 2017 - 7:47pm
abortion WASHINGTON (AP) -- An appeals court is blocking, for now, an abortion sought by a pregnant 17-year-old immigrant being held in a Texas facility, ruling that the government should have time to try to release her so she can obtain the abortion outside of federal custody. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued its ruling Friday hours after arguments from lawyers for the Trump administration and the teenager. The court ruled 2-1 that the government should have until Oct. 31 to release the girl into the custody of a sponsor, such as an adult relative in the United States. If that happens, she could obtain an abortion if she chooses. If she isn’t released, the case can go back to court. The judge who dissented wrote that the court’s ruling means the teen will be forced to continue an unwanted pregnancy for “multiple more weeks.” The teen, whose name and country of origin have been withheld because she’s a minor, is 15 weeks pregnant. She entered the U.S. in September and learned she was pregnant while in...

Tillerson’s Mideast Aim is a Saudi-Iraqi Axis Against Iran

Oct 21 2017 - 7:47pm
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson steps off his plane as he arrives at King Salman Air Base, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- As U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits the Middle East this weekend, he’ll hope to achieve something that has eluded top American diplomats for a generation: sealing a new alliance between Saudi Arabia and Iraq that would shut the doors of the Arab world to neighboring Iran. While the United States strives to heal the rift between the Gulf Arab states and Qatar, and resolve civil wars in Yemen and Syria, Tillerson is the Trump administration’s point man on an even more ambitious and perhaps even less likely geopolitical gambit. U.S. officials see a new axis that unites Riyadh and Baghdad as central to countering Iran’s growing influence from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean Sea, particularly as the Iraqi government struggles to rebuild recently liberated Islamic State strongholds and confronts a newly assertive Kurdish independence movement. History, religion and lots of...

Funeral Set for Soldier at Center of Political Fight

Oct 21 2017 - 7:47pm
The casket of Sgt. La David T. Johnson of Miami Gardens, who was killed in an ambush in Niger. is wheeled out after a viewing at the Christ The Rock Church, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 in Cooper City, Fla. COOPER CITY, Fla. (AP) -- Mourners are expected to pack a church Saturday to honor a U.S. soldier whose combat death in Africa led to a political fight between President Donald Trump and a Florida congresswoman. Family, friends and neighbors of Sgt. La David T. Johnson will attend his funeral service at a suburban Fort Lauderdale church and others are expected to line the streets outside to salute him. Johnson, 25, was one of four U.S. Special Forces troops killed Oct. 4 in an ambush in Niger in an attack by militants linked to the Islamic State group. Four soldiers from Niger also died. Debbie Valin and her teenage daughter, Michelle Shawn, held a U.S. flag outside Christ the Rock Church in Cooper City more than an hour before the service, awaiting the arrival of Johnson’s family. “We are here for the military. We are grateful for the...

Does Jesus Want Georgetown to Side With Pagan Persecutors of the Church? Ask Fr. James Martin.

Oct 21 2017 - 7:47pm
Georgetown University What would we think of an historically black college that promoted racism? That suppressed student civil rights organizations? What if the school were doing that in the 1930s, when civil rights causes were widely unpopular? When the law was often perverted to prosecute their advocates? We would accuse that school's leaders of selling out. Of betraying its founding mission. Of placating an immoral culture. Now imagine if it were the first historically black college in the country, and one of the most prestigious. Why that would be quite a scandal. Wouldn't it? Something quite parallel might be happening right now. At Georgetown University. It’s the first Catholic college in the United States. It’s run by the once-elite Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). We will soon find out if the school is so intolerant of the church's teaching on marriage, that it's willing to ban student groups that support...

2 States Ravaged by Opioids Show Difference Faith Makes

Oct 21 2017 - 7:47pm
difference faith makes HANOVER, N.H. -- There is a strong correlation between lack of religious attendance and illicit drug use, research shows in contrasting two states hit hard by the opioid crisis. The parallels are demonstrated by two comparative studies of New Hampshire and West Virginia. West Virginia suffers from an ailing economy, while New Hampshire has a strong economy, noted J. Scott Moody, CEO of the Granite Institute, a conservative think tank. The institute takes its name from the fact that New Hampshire is known as the Granite State. "It's not just economics causing the overdose problems. There are other factors," Moody told The Daily Signal. Moody and Wendy P. Warcholik, co-directors of the American Conservative Union's Family...

General Kelly ‘Stunned’ Congresswoman Listened in on a Condolence Call From the President

Oct 20 2017 - 7:45pm
General John Kelly White House Soldiers Military - 900 White House chief of staff John Kelly delivered an emotional speech supporting the President’s condolence call earlier this week to the widow of a serviceman killed in Niger. In his address, General Kelly said he was “stunned” that a member of Congress listened in on the call and disparaged the President’s effort to comfort. Kelly questioned whether anything was sacred anymore. Kelly made his remarks after Democratic Congresswoman Frederica Wilson said President Trump disparaged Sgt. La David T. Johnson during a call to his widow, Myeshia this week, reported Gateway Pundit. Wilson told NBC that, “Sarcastically, [Trump] said: ‘But, you know, he must’ve known what he signed up for’ … how could you say that to a grieving widow? … I couldn’t believe, and he said it more than once.” Kelly : I was stunned when I came to work yesterday...

Marxism Tickles Each of the Seven Deadly Sins

Oct 20 2017 - 7:45pm
Marxism Yesterday I marked the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution with a list of the crimes that Marxist ideologues have committed around the world. I promised to analyze why all through the decades those crimes were being committed, intelligent people were still drawn to Marxism. Indeed, some still are today. What gives? Marx's thought is cynical, bitter, conspiratorial and self-righteous. His writing is clunky and caustic. His vision of human life is mechanistic and joyless. The utopia he promises after decades of bloody struggle is goofy and utterly implausible. Every single society that has tried to implement his ideas has ended in tyranny and famine. You'd think that would put people off. But then again, every year there are people who try crystal meth or Scientology for the first time, aren't there? There's something else going on here. Why Marxism? Why Crystal Meth? While there is no real excuse for Marxists today, we can find explanations. As in...

Trump’s Border Wall Models Take Shape in San Diego

Oct 20 2017 - 7:45pm
AP17292757424924__1508502420_198.49.27.212 SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The last two of eight prototypes for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall took shape Thursday at a construction site in San Diego. The prototypes form a tightly packed row of imposing concrete and metal panels, including one with sharp metal edges on top. Another has a surface resembling an expensive brick driveway. Companies have until Oct. 26 to finish the models but Border Patrol spokesman Theron Francisco said the last two came into profile, with crews installing a corrugated metal surface on the eighth model on a dirt lot just a few steps from homes in Tijuana, Mexico. As the crews worked, three men and two women from Nepal, ages 19 to 30, jumped a short rusted fence from Tijuana into the construction site and were immediately stopped by agents on horseback. Francisco said there have been four or five other illegal crossing attempts at the site since work...

Pushing Back Against Transanity in the Sports World

Oct 20 2017 - 7:45pm
2017-10-20_9-11-43 Every so often, there’s a moment of sanity that pushes back against transgender activism in the sports world, although the reaction to the sane moment is often anything but sane. And so it happened in Australia.  "A male-female transgender athlete has been blocked from taking part in next year's Australian Rules Football professional women's league, according to the BBC. "Callum Mouncey, who calls himself 'Hannah', stands 6ft 2in and weighs 15st 8lb [= 218 lbs.]. And wears size 15 shoes, according to his Twitter account." Did you get that? A biological male, who identifies as a female, will not be able to play for the female branch of Australian Rules Football. As the league explained, it took into consideration "transgender strength, stamina, physique, along with the specific nature of the AFLW." Help us champion truth, freedom, limited government and human dignity...

Media Ignore Real Democratic Scandals

Oct 20 2017 - 7:45pm
Heads in the Sand Buried Denial Ignorance Media Bias - 900 Why the collective liberal media yawn on the multi-headed Democratic scandals surfacing everywhere except on their pages and airwaves? It’s not that the stories are too far-fetched and thin to interest self-respecting journalists, because they are real, damning and supported by sufficiently credible evidence to warrant serious attention and scrutiny. There are the notorious Trump dossier, the Clinton-infected uranium bribery scandal and the prematurely drafted FBI memo to exonerate the most recently defeated United States presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, who, by the way, is still acting like a heat-seeking missile in search of just one plausible excuse for her loss. Let’s look at these scandals in turn. Obama Administration Spying The Obama administration was clearly spying on the Trump campaign during the...

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