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U.S. stands alone as the only country not paying for climate change economic redistribution

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US stands alone as the only country not paying for climate change economic redistribution

Syria was the last country other than the United States to oppose the Paris Climate accord after Nicaragua agreed to participate last month. We’re officially alone as the only nation not buying into this massive redistribution scheme that does very little to actually “help” the environment.

Full disclosure: I believe the climate is changing. I do not believe it’s caused by man in a significant manner nor do I believe we can make a dramatic impact. However, I am all in favor of keeping our environment as clean as possible and making the right moves regarding fossil fuels, clean water, and carbon emissions. I actually support some environmental programs which is why I believe my opposition to the Paris Climate accord is relevant.

My biggest fear is that the administration will reconsider or attempt to renegotiate the deal prior to the 2018 or 2020 elections. If the trend of voters favoring climate change actions continues to point upward, I can see the President bending to the will of the people even if they’re wrong.

For now, we’re gloriously opposed to the deal that takes our money and sends it to places that may or may not use it to improve the environment while leaving other large nations like China and India exempt for an extended period of time. This is a horrendous deal that we never should have signed. We’re the ones who are right to oppose it.

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U.S. now only country opposed to Paris climate accord

https://www.axios.com/paris-agreement-climate-change-2507468408.htmlSyria announced its plans to sign the Paris Climate accord during United Nations climate talks on Tuesday, per the New York Times. The move, which follows Nicaragua’s announcement to participate in the agreement last month, means the U.S. is now the only country not participating in the global pact.

Why it matters: Syria joining the climate pact underscores — but won’t change — the Trump administration’s lone position withdrawing from it. It provides a talking point to those urging the president to rejoin, but the calculations inside the White House have nothing to do with what other countries are doing, and everything to do with how the deal could (or couldn’t) help America.

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Kevin Swanson interviews adoptive parents

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Kevin Swanson interviews adoptive parents

On the November 21, 2017 podcast of his Generations program, Kevin Swanson interviewed author Sheri McMinn and several other parents about their children that they adopted, and what they had to go through in their attempts to adopt including several homosexual couples who in the running to adopt.

Americans Abort, but Less Adopt

https://www.generations.org/programs/802Adoption numbers are the lowest they’ve ever been in this generation. Where is the church on this one?  Where are Christian families?  What’s wrong with the system?  We take a look at why the love of so many have grown cold, with a warm conversation about loving kids (even those with special needs and those without anybody else in the world to love them.)

Homeschooled himself in the 1960’s and 70’s, Kevin Swanson and his wife, Brenda, are now homeschooling their five children. Since graduating from his homeschool and then serving as student body president of a large west coast university, he has gone on to other leadership positions in corporate management, church, and other non-profits.

Earlier in April 12 of the same year, Swanson did in-depth interview with McMinn and her book Adoption Encouragement and Advice for a Hopeful Journey.  

Adoption — Real Religion, Tough Religion, Christ Religion

https://www.generations.org/programs/640Visiting the orphan and widow. Adoption. It’s real religion. It’s tough religion at points. But it has to be a religion filled with faith and Christ, the whole journey. Here is a realistic, down-to-earth, loving, thoughtful, informative, wise, courageous, faith-filled, hopeful look at adoption through the eyes of a mom who has walked the journey. Kevin Swanson interviews Shari McMinn, author of a new book called Adoption – Encouragement and Advice for a Hopeful Journey.

I recommend that you listen to both programs (the April 12, 2017 program starts at 11:38), because right now our government has truly made it hard for caring parents (especially Christian parents) to adopt children.  I remember reading a letter to the editor from a pro-abortion advocate that not only praised China for its population control program but discouraged adoption and pointed out its difficulties.  The bottom line made by this letter writer is this:  You see abortion is truly best for that child, who is likely going to have a miserable life anyway.  Abortion is the best loving option.  Better to be sucked out of the womb, have your arms and legs ripped apart, and your delicate skull crushed then growing up in a life of misery and in an uncaring world.

This pro-abort did not say it the way like I just did, but it is implied.  Trouble is too many people do believe these pro-aborts and don’t even try to help stem the tide and fight for a better child welfare state.  Adoptions are in decline, and our society truly frowns on children in so many ways.  We were all once children, so why hate on those who will be adults one day?

Our culture truly hates children.  They are a reminder that being an adult also means that we have to be not only responsible for our finances and then some, but we have to be responsible for the next generation.  There is more to life than sexual desires and telling dirty jokes that we adult think is being grown up.

ShariMcMinn.com

https://sharimcminn.com/I am Shari Howard McMinn, a published author who has lived an ‘over the top’ life with my beloved husband and 11 children. I enjoy writing and public speaking on a variety of subjects based on my life experience and avid research: Adoption, Childhood Nutrition, Conservatism, Family Economy, Frugal Living, Homeschooling, Pro-Active Parenting, Sustainable Farming, Working Widowhood, and Writing as a Second Career. I teach from a Christian Worldview and share practical strategies for helping families succeed, enjoying life to the fullest in what the Lord has called them.

Those who have read my books enjoy my engaging storytelling, and appreciate my sharing of often hard-earned life lessons. I write non-fiction which edifies, informs, and supports family faith in Christ.

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Beware of the dark side

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Many have started down the dark path.

Regardless of what you think of Roy Moore, I hope you reached that conclusion objectively. Unfortunately, those who dominate my news feed did not.

I saw bloodthirsty cries for him to drop out of the Senate race as soon as the first allegations were made, just as I witnessed stubborn declarations of innocence and that it was all a political smear. Both sides had more in common than not: their positions had nothing to do with the credibility of the allegations, but with the existence of the allegations alone.

Democrats and RINOs want him gone, so he must be innocent. Flyover Republicans want him elected, so he must be guilty.

From there, no amount of evidence on either side could penetrate stubborn skulls. The filter of confirmation bias tainted any appearance of guilt or innocence, and once again tribal politics reigned supreme.

But because God has a sense of humor, He threw Stuart Smalley into the mix.

Once the Al Franken (D-MN) groping photo surfaced, it was nothing if not comical to watch the tides reverse. Suddenly Moore’s tribal defenders started arbitrarily calling for Franken’s resignation, and Democratic loyalists rushed to protect him from fallout.

Bear in mind, I’m still not talking about those who’ve evaluated the evidence at hand and reached an objective conclusion. This is about the moral relativists who claim that sexual harassment and assault warrant swift impeachment and that women should be believed, not scrutinized — unless it’s happening to their guy.

Suddenly Democrats yell, “But we can’t afford to lose a pro-choice vote, no matter who it comes from!” And as Babylon Bee satirized, evangelicals would vote for Satan if he ran as a pro-life Republican.

Everyone, it seems, has forsaken principle.

I’m sick of arbitrary virtue, and, as always, there’s a Star Wars analogy for that.

In Episode III, Revenge of the Sith, Anakin Skywalker kills a disarmed (well, dishanded) Count Dooku at the prodding of his friend, Palpatine (or his pal, Friend-patine. I’ll stop now, I promise). While Palpatine insists, “He was too dangerous to be kept alive,” Anakin laments, “It’s not the Jedi way.”

Later, when Palpatine finds himself at the tip of Mace Windu’s lightsaber, Anakin demands that Palpatine stand trial. Because it’s the Jedi way? Not quite.

In a chilling echo, Master Windu counters, “He’s too dangerous to be kept alive” — the exact phrase used earlier by the Sith Lord.

(I could write an entire piece on how the Jedi and Sith are akin to the increasingly similar Republican and Democratic Parties, but I won’t go down that rabbit hole just yet.)

In fairness, I actually agree in both cases that the villains should have been killed. That’s my principle. And if Anakin opposed Palpatine’s death based on the Jedi way of not killing an unarmed opponent (are you still unarmed if you can shoot lightning from your fingertips?), that would have been his principle. It’s possible for two principled people to disagree.

But that wasn’t Anakin’s objection. As Windu draws back for the kill, Anakin confesses his true motive. Not “the Jedi way,” not due process, not even further interrogation or hostage bargaining. Seconds before the final blow, Anakin cries out, “I need him!”

Anakin severs Windu’s hand, Palpatine’s lightning thrusts the Jedi Master from the shattered window, and Anakin’s turn to the dark side is complete.

Anakin’s fall is a painfully recognizable warning in contemporary American politics — not just in 2017 or even 2016, but for decades of political discourse.

“I don’t care if he’s a child molester; I need him!”

“I don’t care if he assaulted women; I need him!”

“I don’t care if he left a woman to drown in Chappaquiddick,” and “I don’t care what he grabs women by.”

The chorus echoes loud and clear: “I need him!”

This is how you fall to the dark side, and as Padmé notes only moments later, “this is how liberty dies.” Ultimately, this moment proves the destruction of the entire republic.

When the wicked rule, the people mourn. Without consistent principles, we are in danger of sacrificing every blessing of freedom we enjoy. The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away.

My warning to you is the same caution Master Yoda gives to Luke on Dagobah decades after the rise of the Empire: “Beware of the dark side. … If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny. Consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wan’s apprentice.”

Richie Angel is a Co-Editor in Chief of The New Guards. Follow him and The New Guards on Twitter, and check out The New Guards on Facebook.

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John Conyers’ denial of wrongdoing is exactly what’s wrong with abusive men in power

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John Conyers denial of wrongdoing is exactly whats wrong with abusive men in power

The longest-sitting member of Congress, Democrat John Conyers of Michigan, is “expressly and vehemently” denying any wrongdoing following Buzzfeed’s blockbuster report that he paid off a former employee by three extra months of pay after firing her for what she claims was opposition to his sexual advances.

She Said A Powerful Congressman Harassed Her. Here’s Why You Didn’t Hear Her Story.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/paulmcleod/she-complained-that-a-powerful-congressman-harassed-her?utm_term=.kwaeyWOB5#.yakGXl5EOConyers confirmed he made the settlement in a statement Tuesday afternoon, hours after this story was published, but said that he “vehemently denied” the claims of sexual harassment at the time and continues to do so.

And the documents also reveal the secret mechanism by which Congress has kept an unknown number of sexual harassment allegations secret: a grinding, closely held process that left the alleged victim feeling, she told BuzzFeed News, that she had no option other than to stay quiet and accept a settlement offered to her.

Unlike accusations that keep popping up on a seemingly daily basis, this one has a very clear paper trail. That the Congressman is denying “wrongdoing” exemplifies a bigger problem than just sexual misconduct. Men like Conyers do bad things, but more importantly they truly believe they should get away with it.

“No wrongdoing” is legaleze

There seems to be no difference, at least in the minds of people like Conyers, between getting away with doing wrong and not actually doing it. At no point yet has Conyers claimed he isn’t a creep who uses his power to manipulate women he employs into being sexual objects for him. That isn’t what’s important to him. What’s important is that he got his victims to sign documents absolving him legally from his actions.

For this reason, he believes he needs to continue to represent the people of Michigan who have kept him in office for half a century.

This is a systemic problem that exists everywhere in free America, but the fact that it’s apparently rampant in Washington DC is utterly disgusting. In a seven-year period, Congress dished out millions of dollars to 235 people for “workplace violations.” Perhaps more infuriating is that it’s not the perpetrators, their campaigns, or their Congressional offices who pay for these settlements. They’re paid by taxpayers.

How Congress plays by different rules on sexual harassment and misconduct

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/how-congress-plays-by-different-rules-on-sexual-harassment-and-misconduct/2017/10/26/2b9a8412-b80c-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.htmlWhen settlements do occur, members do not pay them from their own office funds, a requirement in other federal agencies. Instead, the confidential payments come out of a special U.S. Treasury fund.

Congressional employees have received small settlements, compared with the amounts some public figures pay out. Between 1997 and 2014, the U.S. Treasury has paid $15.2 million in 235 awards and settlements for Capitol Hill workplace violations, according to the congressional Office of Compliance. The statistics do not break down the exact nature of the violations.

How do we stop this from happening? How can we protect the women and men who are victimized? How do we get these creeps out of the halls of power in our nation’s capital? We need to make it as transparent as possible.

Every settlement dollar should be broadcast to the world

If an incident is worthy of having taxpayer dollars used to hush people up, then the people need to know about it. We need to know who did what. While payment of settlements aren’t always done because of actual crimes committed, we should have the ability to discern for ourselves when an elected official does something worthy of a payout.

The club in DC is corrupt. We all know this. While it may be hard to track down all of the wrongdoing, we can at least attempt to address the misconduct by public officials against their own employees. That’s a reasonable expectation.

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