Friday, May 3, 2013

Religious Freedom - #4483 - Pentagon 'Clarifies' Proselytizing Comments After Legal Firm Begins Investigation - Citizenlink (2) Charming: Terry McAuliffe Attended DC Fundraiser on Newborn Son's Delivery Night, Left Wife in Tears, Excerpt from His Book - Townhall (3) Breaking Corey Stewart Behind Anti Lingamfelter, Anti-Snyder Ads - Bearing Drift (4) Heritage Study: Almost $70 Billion in New Regulatory Costs from Obama's First Term - Hot Air

Pentagon 'Clarifies' Proselytizing Comments After Legal Firm Begins Investigation - Citizenlink - The Department of Defense (DoD) issued a statement today ‘clarifying’ its earlier statements about possible prosecution for military personnel who share their religious beliefs with other military personnel. This comes the day after a law firm began its investigation into the matter. Fox News reported Tuesday that DoD Spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen issued a statement on behalf of the Pentagon saying that “religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense” and that “court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis.” Last week, the Pentagon had a private meeting with Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF). Weinstein has said that all service members who proselytize are committing “treason.” Christensen issued a statement today saying that “Service members can share their faith (evangelize), but not force unwanted, intrusive attempts to convert others of any faith or no faith to one’s beliefs (proselytization).” The words in parentheses are in the original statement. ADF is “troubled” by both the new comments as well as the original statement. The law firm filed a Freedom of Information Act request Tuesday to investigate the DoD’s position on military personnel sharing their faith. “We appreciate the Pentagon’s clarification, but little or no evidence exists of coercive proselytization in the military, so we are troubled over what motivated the original comments,” said ADF Legal Counsel Joseph La Rue.  Read more......


(2) Charming: Terry McAuliffe Attended DC Fundraiser on Newborn Son's Delivery Night, Left Wife in Tears, excerpt from his book - Townhall -  Terry McAuliffe wants Virginians to know how much of a family man he is. Here's his campaign's warm-and-fuzzy first ad of the cycle, which isn't all that dissimilar to Republican Ken Cuccinelli's soft, biographical opening foray:Isn't that special? The man is all about family. Except when he isn't (Dorothy is his wife): Dorothy was starting to well up in the backseat. She was having trouble understanding how I could be taking my wife and newborn baby to a fund-raiser on our way home from the hospital. We got to the dinner and by then Dorothy was in tears, and I left her with Justin and went inside. Little Peter was sleeping peacefully and Dorothy just sat there and poor Justin didn't say a word. He was mortified. I was inside maybe fifteen minutes, said a few nice things about Marty, and hurried back out to the car. I felt bad for Dorothy, but it was a million bucks for the Democratic Party... Hey, there were a million union dollars on the line for The Almighty Party. If it took a little discomfort for his exhausted, weeping wife and newborn son to rake in that cash, so be it. Good guy.  Read more stories like this.......  Article contributed by Steve Peters.


(3) Breaking: Corey Stewart Behind Anti-Lingamfelter, Anti-Snyder Ads - Bearing Drift - Julian Walker over at the Virginia Pilot has been tracking these for some time now. The anti-Lingamfelter attack pieces and then the anti-Snyder hit pieces shared the same fonts, same line of attack, same source of intel and oppo research. Who fed the information is one item we’re back pocketing. For now. Who delivered the information? Riley has the scoop: I guess that is somewhat ironic given that sources have confirmed to us that the two non-Snyder videos were created by someone named Lee Bond (or maybe it isn’t so coincidental and it is his calling card playing upon his surname.) Mr. Bond also has a very interesting LinkedIn profile. This weekend, I had the chance to sit down and speak one-on-one with Corey Stewart at Zion Crossroads along I-64 just before he nabbed the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation endorsement. I asked Corey Stewart point blank — are you behind the attacks on Lingamfelter and Snyder? I was emphatically told no. Was I lied to? UPDATE: Of course, what tipped the scales on this? Believe it or not, the Tito Munoz op-ed published here at Bearing Drift did not jive well with members of the Stewart campaign… which sent the rest of Prince William County into overdrive. Tito the Builder… OF PAIN. UPDATE x2: The call is on for the Middle Resolution and Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation to walk back their endorsement of Corey Stewart… this one is building steadily, folks. Read more.......


(4)  Heritage Study: Almost $70 Billion in New Regulatory Costs from Obama's First Term - Heritage Foundation - ObamaCare, Dodd-Frank, and a bunch of incoming environmental regulations are only the most visible illustrations of the type of complex, top-down hindrances that the federal government is imposing on businesses across the country, and the Heritage Foundation has come up with an estimate of just how much President Obama’s progressive fondness for government intervention and central planning is costing us from the results of his first term alone: The most comprehensive source of data on new regulations is the Federal Rules Database maintained by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). According to the GAO data, federal regulators issued 2,605 new rules during Obama’s fourth year in office. Of these, 69 were classified as “major,” generally defined as having an expected economic impact of at least $100 million per year. Forty-two of these major rules were administrative or budgetary in nature, such as Medicare payment rates or hunting limits on migratory birds; twenty-five were “prescriptive” regulations that imposed burdens on private-sector activity. Only two major rules decreased regulation. During the President’s first term there were 131 prescriptive rules. This compares to 52 such rules imposed during George W. Bush’s first term. Read more..........

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