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The Obama administration is paying tens of thousands of workers to stay at home
Over the past three years, the Obama administration paid 57,000 workers to stay at home while they were investigated for alleged wrongdoing, reports The Washington Post. About 53,000 workers were put on what is known as administrative leave for one to three months, while 4,000 did no work for three months to a year or more. The figures come from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office, which is attempting to track such data for the first time.
The Post reports that the bloated amount of administrative leave, which amounted to $775 million in salary, is a product of massive bureaucratic inefficiency and abuse:
The Office of Personnel Management rule book lists dozens of reasons for allowing paid leave, such as donating an organ, house-hunting before a job transfer, and attending the funeral of a relative in the military. Snow days also are permitted.
But these require only a few hours or days — not the months and years that GAO discovered are common at more than 100 federal agencies including the Defense and Treasury departments.
"It's not authorized by any law," said Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), referring to the cases that drag on. "Bureaucrats are abusing it." [The Washington Post]
Most Americans are unaware of the fact that over two hundred years ago, the United States had declared war on Islam, and Thomas Jefferson led the charge!
At the height of the eighteenth century, Muslim pirates were the terror of the Mediterranean and a large area of the North Atlantic. They attacked every ship in sight, and held the crews for exorbitant ransoms. Those taken hostage were subjected to barbaric treatment and wrote heart breapking letters home, begging their government and family members to pay whatever their Mohammedan captors
These extortionists of the high seas represented the Islamic nations of
Tripoli, Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers collectively referred to as the Barbary Coast and presented a dangerous and unprovoked threat to the new American Republic.
Before the Revolutionary War, U.S. merchant ships had been under the protection of Great Britain. When the U.S. declared its independence and entered into war, the ships of the United States
were protected by France. However, once the war was won, America had to protect its own fleets. Thus, the birth of the U.S. Navy.
Beginning in1784, seventeen years before he would become president, Thomas
Jefferson became America's Minister to France. That same year, the U.S. Congress sought to appease its Muslim adversaries by following in the footsteps of European nations who paid bribes to the Barbary States, rather than engaging them in war.
In July of 1785, Algerian pirates captured American ships, and the Dey of Algiers demanded an unheard-of ransom of $60,000. It was a plain and simple case of extortion, and Thomas Jefferson was vehemently opposed to
any further payments. Instead, he proposed to Congress the formation of a coalition of allied nations who together could force the Islamic states into peace. A disinterested Congress decided to pay the ransom.
In 1786, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams met with Tripoli's ambassador to Great Britain to ask by what right his nation attacked American ships and enslaved American citizens, and why Muslims held so much hostility towards
America, a nation with which they had no previous contacts.
The two future presidents reported that Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja had answered that Islam "was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Quran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and
duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman (Muslim) who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise."
Despite of this stunning admission of premeditated violence on non-Muslim nations, as well as the objections of many notable American leaders, including George Washington, who warned that caving in was both wrong and would only further embolden the enemy, for the following fifteen years, the American government paid the Muslims millions of dollars for the safe passage of American ships or the return
of American hostages. The payments in ransom and tribute amounted to
over twenty percent of the United States government annual revenues in1800.
Jefferson was disgusted. Shortly after his being sworn in as the third
President of the United States in 1801, the Pasha of Tripoli sent him a
note demanding the immediate payment of $225,000 plus $25,000 a year for every year forthcoming. That changed everything. Jefferson let the Pasha know, in no uncertain terms, what he could do with his demand. The Pasha responded by cutting down the flagpole at the American consulate and declared war on the United States. Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers immediately followed suit. Jefferson, until now, had been against America raising a
naval force for anything beyond coastal defense, but having watched his
nation be cowed by Islamic thuggery for long enough, decided that is was finally time to meet force with force.
He dispatched a squadron of frigates to the Mediterranean and taught the Muslim nations of the Barbary Coast a lesson he hoped they would never forget. Congress authorized Jefferson to empower U.S. ships to seize all vessels and goods of the Pasha of Tripoli and to "cause to be done all other acts of precaution or hostility as the state of war would justify".
When Algiers and Tunis, who were both accustomed to American cowardice and
acquiescence, saw the newly independent United States had both the will and the might to strike back, they quickly abandoned their allegiance to Tripoli. The war with Tripoli lasted for four more years, and raged up again in 1815. The bravery of the U.S. Marine Corps in these wars led to the line "to the shores of Tripoli" in the Marine Hymn, They would forever be known as "leathernecks" for the
leather collars of their uniforms, designed to prevent their heads from
being cut off by the Muslim scimitars when boarding enemy ships.
Islam, and what its Barbary followers justified doing in the name of their prophet and their god, disturbed Jefferson quite deeply. America had a tradition of religious tolerance, the
fact that Jefferson, himself, had co-authored the Virginia Statute for
Religious Freedom, but fundamentalist Islam was like no other religion
the world had ever seen. A religion based on supremacism, whose
holy book not only condoned but mandated violence against unbelievers was unacceptable to him. His greatest fear was that someday this brand of Islam would return and pose an even greater threat to the United States.
This should bother every American. That the Islams have brought about women-only classes and swimming times at taxpayer-funded universities and public pools; that Christians, Jews, and Hindus have been banned from
serving on juries where Muslim defendants are being judged, Piggy banks and Porky Pig tissue dispensers have been banned from workplaces because they offend Islamist sensibilities. Ice cream has been discontinued at certain Burger King locations because the picture on the wrapper looks similar to the
Arabic script for Allah, public schools are pulling pork from
their menus, on and on in the news papers..
It's death by a thousand cuts, or inch-by-inch as some refer to it, and
most Americans have no idea that this battle is being waged every day across America. By not fighting back, by allowing groups to obfuscate what is really happening, and not insisting that the Islamists adapt to our own culture, the United States is cutting its own throat with a politically correct knife, and helping to further the Islamists agenda.
Sadly, it appears that today's America would rather be "politically
correct" than victorious.
Any doubts, just Google Thomas Jefferson vs the Muslim World.
Two years ago, he said he personally supports same-sex marriage, but that each state should decide for itself.
"Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination." Leviticus 18:22
As of today, his views have changed again – stating, in an interview with the New Yorker,that the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to same-sex marriages in all 50 states.
“Ultimately, I think the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution does guarantee same-sex marriage in all 50 states,” Obama said. “But, as you know, courts have always been strategic. There have been times where the stars were aligned and the Court, like a thunderbolt, issues a ruling like Brown v. Board of Education, but that’s pretty rare. And, given the direction of society, for the Court to have allowed the process to play out the way it has may make the shift less controversial and more lasting.”
“Ultimately, I think the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution does guarantee same-sex marriage in all 50 states,” Obama said.
The Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has been repeatedly cited by judges in the vast majority of the 46 pro-equality rulings that have come from state and federal courts since the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act last year – a law that was overwhelmingly enacted by both houses of Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton.
Obama said he thinks the biggest decision of the U.S. Supreme Court during his presidency was the its recent decision to pass the buck on same-sex marriage.
“In some ways, the decision that was just handed down to not do anything about what states are doing on same-sex marriage may end up being as consequential – from my perspective, a positive sense – as anything that’s been done,” the president said, referring to this month’s Supreme Court decision to let stand lower court rulings in favor of same-sex marriage in five states.
“Because I think it really signals that although the Court was not quite ready – it didn’t have sufficient votes to follow Loving v. Virginia and go ahead and indicate an equal-protection right across the board – it was a consequential and powerful signal of the changes that have taken place in society and that the law is having to catch up.”
Some people might remember the controversial, patriot Pastor Steven Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church after his brutal encounter with Border Patrol that resulted in him being tasered multiple times and bloodied by his own broken car window. Ultimately, he was found not guilty of the charges against him.
Some people might remember the controversial, patriot Pastor Steven Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church after his brutal encounter with Border Patrol that resulted in him being tasered multiple times and bloodied by his own broken car window. Ultimately, he was found not guilty of the charges against him. Recently, he spoke out about the issue of redefining marriage to give special rights to sodomites, calling it disgusting and saying it was more of an attempt of the federal government overstepping its bounds.
Anderson's comments come on the heels of the Supreme Court's ruling regarding five states that petitioned the high court to rule on the matter after lower courts ruled against the people and their state constitutions. As I wrote previously, this was never a matter for the federal government and governor of the states need to grow a spine and tell the courts to take a hike and lead like they are supposed to. The courts are not the final authority in the matter. God is.
Anderson's home state of Arizona was not one of the states that petitioned the Supreme Court. However, the Baptist pastor was very outspoken when the local news interviewed him regarding sodomy and redefining marriage.
While some people said that if people want to get married they should get married and others said that marriage should be recognized no matter who the people are, Pastor Anderson was the only one who spoke from a biblical worldview and called sodomy what it is.
"I'm totally against it," Anderson told a local ABC affiliate. "I think homosexuality is disgusting."
Anderson went further stating that he doesn't think the people of Arizona want marriage redefined to include homosexuals and gender-confused individuals.
"I don't even think this is what the people of Arizona want," he said. "Forget me as a pastor, as Bible believing Christian… if you took a poll of Arizona, I would guarantee you that more than half the people are not OK with this, but it's just the federal government cramming it down our throat."
Clearly, some of his interview was edited and he has not been one to back down from calling homosexuality sin and something that should be repented of.
While I would say that we shouldn't "forget" Pastor Anderson, but rather point to the teachings of Scripture, I give him credit for going on television and expressing that homosexuality and redefining marriage is wrong and that the federal court's ruling is unlawful, just as much as the lower court's ruling.
Other pastors, according to the ABC reporter wouldn't conduct an interview about the issue, but rather, for the most part said that they would not perform a homosexual wedding and explain why. They said rather than use the platform given to them in the media to express the truth of God's Word (and yes, that is what the media were offering them, a platform to do just that), they would rather focus on "loving" people in the community, not just condemning what they're doing.
Not only does this come on the heels of the Supreme Court's ruling, but it follows the Vatican's apostate statement, "Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community."
Let me blunt. Pastors who are unwilling to confront homosexuals with their sin and instead want to "love" them are not doing what they are mandated to do nor are they actually loving them. Loving the homosexual is pointing out their sin and calling them to repentance. One wonders how these pastors would handle a murderer, a thief, an adulterer or any other sinner. Would they not warn them of what they were engaged in and exhort them towards repentance? Is that somehow considered "unloving" today? It sure is, but if we are to turn things around in this country, we must do that which is truly loving and call people to repent and obey the Word of God.
Our forefathers didn't tolerate sodomites. Why are we not following the Biblical mandate regarding their crimes? If we did that, we wouldn't be dealing with the issue of bastardizing the institution of marriage.
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