Brittany Maynard Has Vowed To Widow Her Husband Very Soon…

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EDITOR’S UPDATE: Early this morning Brittany stated she will temporarily postpone ending her life.

WASHINGTON, D.C.–  Brittany Maynard is a lovely 29-year-old wife and daughter who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. She has announced her decision to commit suicide on November 1, and she plans take her life with drugs prescribed by a doctor.

However, I plead with Brittany not to take her life.

Right now, she is vulnerable; and the choice to end her life is like a teenager’s suicide: just as tragic, just as avoidable. Suicide has grown to epidemic proportions in the United States, surpassing auto accidents as the No. 1 cause of injury-related deaths and taking the lives of an astonishing 40,000 people each year.

What does this say about our society? The debate isn’t about whether assisted suicide might spiral out of control with legalization because every suicide, even one, kills a little something in each of us. “Each man’s death diminishes me,” wrote poet John Donne. “Therefore, send not to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.”

Other areas of the world struggle with this tragic epidemic. Belgium has the very dubious distinction of becoming the first country to approve euthanasia for children. Supposedly, children may now request to be given a lethal injection; but-and this is truly bizarre-they must first show parental consent. We are witnessing the death of civilization.

“This is the horrific logic of euthanasia,” wrote Wesley Smith, senior fellow at the Discovery Institute. “Once killing is accepted as an answer to human difficulty and suffering, the power of sheer logic dictates that there is no bottom.” One-third of euthanasia deaths in Belgium are not even requested by either patients or their relatives, and half go unreported.

Apparently, snuffing out people deemed unworthy of love and life has become the new norm in Belgium; and that should alarm everyone.

Dr. Wim Distelmans, president of the Belgium Euthanasia Control and Evaluation Commission, offers paid tours of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz, tours that he claims would be “inspiring.” He has called the excursion a “study trip,” adding that “the Nazis used the term ‘euthanasia’ wrongly.”

South of Belgium in Switzerland, suicide clinics have hosted countless killings as part of their “suicide tourism,” including joint-suicides.

In an ironic twist, the Swiss Constitution recognizes the “dignity” of plants; and it outlaws flushing a living goldfish down a toilet.

In Britain, Lady Warnock, a former professor and author, has suggested that old people have a duty to die because they are a drain on resources. Those with dementia, she asserts, are “a burden to their family [and] the state.”

Considering that Switzerland grants human rights to goldfish but not to human persons, I ask Brittany and her family to take a glimpse at the beautiful life of singer, guitarist, and recording artist Tony Melendez.

Tony was born without arms, and yet he loves life and gives countless people joy. In 1987, he captured the world’s attention when he sang and played guitar with his feet for Pope John Paul II. Tony knows that 90 percent of babies prenatally diagnosed with disabilities are aborted. Thus, he has said, “If we can send someone to jail for picking up a turtle egg in Florida and playing with the nest of turtles, how can we not protect human life?”

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Watch: Video Of Democrat’s Husband Stealing GOP Lawn Signs, He Now Faces Jail Time

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Police in a Delaware town issued an arrest warrant for the husband of a state Senator Wednesday after video footage emerged of him stealing Republican campaign signs.

Dana Armon Long, husband of Bethany Hall-Long, was issued an arrest warrant by police in Middletown, Delaware, for theft under $1,500. According to Delaware Online, the Class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $2,300 fine.

Republican officials initially discovered their signs missing Monday, replaced them, and found them missing again. They staked out the site Wednesday before Long appeared and caught the incident on camera, posting it to YouTube. The signs said, “Fix the Economy! Vote Republican!”

Delaware Online reported Thursday that Middletown Police said the officials who staked out the site observed, “a vehicle pull[ing] off the roadway in front of the signs. An individual exited his vehicle and began removing the signs.”

On Sunday, twenty-eight signs had been removed in the area, according to police.

In a statement, Hall-Long apologized for her husband’s actions, maintaining she still loves her husband and was not aware of what transpired.

“Sadly, this race has become tough and personal. My husband is my high school sweetheart and he loves me very much. I was not aware that he had allowed his frustration over the campaign attacks to get the better of him. Of course I’m disappointed and wish that it had not happened.”

Local Republican and Democratic officials also condemned Long’s actions. John Fluharty, executive director of the Delaware Republican Party, said, “Democrats must resort to breaking the law” to win.

“When you only have a track record of high taxes, unemployment, and lower wages for private sector employees to stand on, the Democrats must resort to breaking the law to win elections because they are scared of being held accountable for their dismal performance.”

Similarly, John Daniello, executive director of the Delaware Democratic Party, called the actions “unacceptable.”

“Each campaign season we deal with candidates removing their opponent’s signs. This behavior is absolutely unacceptable. There are more positive ways in which to support your candidate, regardless of party affiliation.”

Hall-Long will face Republican John Marino in Tuesday’s election. According to Delaware online, Long did not make any comments on the matter “at the advice of counsel.”

 

h/t The Blaze

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Bombshell Report Confirms Released Gitmo Prisoners Return To Terrorism

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Within hours of taking his oath of office in 2009, President Obama promised to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility housing captured terrorists and terror suspects. Obama has not been able to fulfill that promise.

But while he hasn’t closed Gitmo, Obama has opened doors to a number of detention cells there, allowing terror fighters to go back to the Middle East. And now, to paraphrase the infamous words of Jeremiah Wright, those angry chickens are coming home to roost.

Fox News is now reporting that a number of the released Gitmo detainees are suspected of returning to the battlefield, joining forces with and fighting for ISIS and other terrorist organizations in Syria…this on Obama’s watch.

As many as 20 to 30 former Guantanamo Bay detainees released within the last two to three years are suspected by intelligence and Defense officials of having joined forces with the Islamic State and other militant groups inside Syria, Fox News has learned.

The development has cemented fears that the U.S. military would once again encounter militants taken off the battlefield.

Defense officials also tell Fox News that some former Gitmo prisoners don’t take up arms per se, but support the Islamic State in other important ways.

A number of former detainees also have chosen to help these groups from outside the country, financing operations and supporting their propaganda campaigns.

The Washington Post recently reported that authorities were investigating whether the ISIS terrorist seen beheading American journalist James Foley may himself have been a former Gitmo detainee.

A European intelligence official said the British government was examining the video, and the speech of the purported executioner, to compare it with former Guantanamo Bay prisoners and other British residents believed to have joined the Islamic State.

Both prisoners in the video are wearing orange shirts and pants, similar to orange jumpsuits worn by detainees at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The latest figures compiled from Defense Department and other sources put the number of detainees still in Gitmo at around 150.

 

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What Putin Has Planned For Russia Could Make It Way Bigger Than The USSR

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From the beginning, the Obama administration has tried to portray the ongoing conflict with Russia as the result of tensions in Ukraine.

But this highly disingenuous media tactic attempts to conceal the totality of the president’s strategy regarding Russia.

You see, Ukraine is far from the only flashpoint in this conflict. And astute followers of military science see a broader conflict with Russia that has the potential to engulf all of Europe in a wider war.

Meanwhile, Obama doesn’t realize that Putin is playing for keeps, though the Russian president has made this crystal clear in his recent military maneuver in Germany.

If we aren’t careful, almost anyone could become a target of Putin’s widespread takeover…

Germany on the Radar

On October 28, German Air Force jets stationed at Amari, Estonia intercepted seven Russian Air Force planes flying in the airspace near the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.

The German Air Force units, working as part of NATO, identified the Russian planes as attack planes and escorts. The Russian jets included two MiG-31 Foxhounds, two Su-34 Fullback jets, one Su-27 Flanker jet, and two Su-24 Fencer jets.

This intrusion into Baltic airspace is, according to the Latvian military, “one of the largest formations intercepted by NATO fighter planes during the last couple of years.”

Yet it wasn’t an isolated incident. Less than a week prior, Swedish military authorities gave up the hunt for a Russian submarine that had been spotted prowling inside their territorial waters.

This underwater encounter brought back memories of the Cold War, a time when Soviet submarines regularly invaded Swedish waters.

Coupled together, these incursions show that Vladimir Putin is serious when he talks about the Baltic Sea being important to Russia’s strategic defenses.

Racking up Countries

Unfortunately, none of these encounters are a coincidence. The truth is that Vladimir Putin is looking to reclaim Russia’s old empire.

To illustrate this point, let’s take a look back at history…

By the end of the 19th century, Russia’s Imperial Empire was exceeded in size only by Qing China and the British Empire.

The Russian Empire was assembled by both conquest and colonization; and as each territory was added, the Czar would encourage Russian-speaking people to immigrate to the new region. In 1802, for example, Russian armies liberated Georgia from Persian occupation, then turned and used Georgia as a base for operations against the Turkish Ottoman Empire.

Russia also added lands that had formerly belonged to the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, which become a protectorate of Russia in 1768. This union gave Russia control over much of the Baltics, Ukraine, Belarus, and Poland.

And when the Russian Czar fell in February 1917, the new leaders doggedly held onto the territory assembled by the Imperial Court. In fact, the Soviet Union even expanded the empire in the aftermath of World War II.

Today, each of these nations has gained its independence… but most still have significant Russian-speaking minorities. These Russian people were essentially exported by the empire to cement control of a political jurisdiction, and Putin knows he has this ace up his sleeve.

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This Is What Happens When The Media Is Partisan

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With the midterm elections less than a week away, everyone is talking about politicians, of course: Is the election a referendum on President Obama’s policies? Will voters throw Democrats out of the Senate and give Republicans a majority?

I wish we also had the option of voting out members of the media and electing new ones.

Reading reviews of former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson’s new book, “Stonewalled,” I am struck — anew — by how shocking the events she recounts truly are, and the extent to which the media has ignored them to protect the Obama Administration. Attkisson asks, rhetorically, what the media’s response would have been had a Republican president been responsible for scandals such as Solyndra, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, NSA spying, IRS targeting of private citizens, or the disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act (not to mention the deceit which preceded it).

The answer is obvious. Anyone paying attention knows that the press is more liberal than Americans in general. (According to recent surveys by Pew, 38 percent of Americans consider themselves “conservative,” while only 6 percent of journalists do.) Our major media pretend to care about government overreach, but largely turn a blind eye to abuses committed by “their guy.” Even when this administration targets journalists or restricts press access, it barely generates a murmur. This is crony capitalism run amok. It isn’t merely corporations that are in bed with government; it is corporations and the press that are in bed with government. (Sometimes literally.)

The press was intended to be — and should be — a bulwark against government usurpation of our liberties. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution “prohibits the making of any law … infringing upon the freedom of the press.” Laws that constitute “prior restraint” on the press are struck down as unconstitutional. What would the founders think of a press that routinely restrains itself?

A press sincerely devoted to constitutional freedoms and limits on government would be just as critical of power grabs by liberal politicians as conservative ones. But they aren’t. And this is not merely hypocritical; it is deeply damaging to the common good.

First, it sets a dangerous precedent. If a president the media adores flouts the Constitution, one they dislike can, too. And though the media no doubt assure themselves that they can nevertheless rein in a wayward conservative, they have already eroded much of their own credibility. (Pew reports that the vast majority of major media are no longer trusted by conservatives in the U.S. That is a lot of people.)

Second, it contributes to public disillusionment and apathy. When the press refuses to hold all politicians to the same standard, the public eventually shrugs and says, “They all do it.”

Third, it increases corruption. A public that no longer believes in civic virtue will neither expect it from nor demand it of their elected representatives. A virtuous candidate will struggle to find acceptance in a populace so cynical that it cannot believe an honest public servant exists. The crooks, however, will thrive, given cover by their sheer number and a public desensitized to scandal and abuse of power.

Fourth, it creates a perception of helplessness. Americans have always been a “can-do” bunch, and this same spirit extends to our politics. Even if power tends to concentrate itself into fewer and fewer hands, a vigorous and even-handedly inquisitive press can minimize this risk and empower the “little guy” to challenge oppressive authority. But when the press actively undermines the search for truth, who could blame people for thinking that any attempt to right a wrong is futile?

With too few exceptions, our press has become smug and self-congratulatory, more concerned with being a part of the “in” crowd than with protecting the American people. We may not be able to vote them out. But technology and social media have created plenty of alternatives.

It will have to do.

 

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