Posted on April 10th, 2015

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Air Date: April 10, 2015

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Jim Schneider took the helm once again to host this news round-up Crosstalk that mentioned the following stories:

--White House sends out 'tweet' that appears to take a shot at Israel and Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
--Iran's top leader blasts the U.S. for its claim regarding the framework of the
nuclear deal that was recently struck.
--Framework of the Iranian nuclear deal has no direct reference to reigning in
Tehran's ballistic missile activities.
--President Obama admits his deal only delays Iran's nuclear ambitions so there
are no assurances for future presidents.
--Senator Dianne Feinstein supports President Obama's diplomacy efforts regarding
Iran, she trusts the Iranians and feels Israel's Netanyahu needs to contain
--Islamic Republic sends Navy destroyer to waters near Yemen.
--41 Americans stranded in Yemen filed a federal lawsuit against the State
Department and Defense Department for not evacuating them as fighting
intensifies and U.S. allies launch air strikes.
--ISIS militants demand up to 30 million in ransom money for the release of
hundreds of Christian hostages being held in Syria.
--Russian companies have won more than 212 million dollars in U.N. contracts to
ferry troops, supplies and equipment on peacekeeping missions.
--Top U.S. military commander warns that Moscow is messaging the U.S. that they
are a global power.
--Russian hackers breach a White House computer system after a successful cyber
attack on the State Department.
--Christians were singled out and slaughtered during recent Garissa University
attack by Islamic gunmen. President Obama can't seem to acknowledge that the
terrorists were Muslims and that the victims were Christians.
--President Obama takes a verbal swipe at Christians at the Easter breakfast.
--100,000 Muslim immigrants streaming into the U.S. each year.
--Dozens of American jihadi's who fought in Iraq and Syria return to the U.S.
after fighting either for or against ISIS.
--Hackers claiming allegiance to ISIS seize control of French TV network.
--Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia claims it's acceptable in Islam to kill one's wife
and eat parts of her body in times of extreme hunger.
--Some ISIS fighters dying by a flesh eating virus.
--Fort Hood victims receive their Purple Hearts but not benefits that are supposed
to accompany them.
--Christian teacher in Texas facing punishment for telling the truth about Islam.
--Warren Buffet contributes to the Tri-Faith Initiative in Omaha. The initiative
plans to build a mosque, church and synagogue on the same campus in Omaha as a
model for the world.
--Planned parenthood Gulf Coast organized a rally that took place in a
Presbyterian Church USA facility. The rally took place to support a new
abortion facility in the area.
--The White House opens its first gender neutral restroom.
--Maryland officials ease birth certificate requirements for transgender
--President Obama calls for a ban on conversion therapy treatments.
--A Federal District Judge in Pennsylvania dismissed a lawsuit filed by a
transgender student who wants to use men's rooms and locker rooms at the
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
--Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser names lesbian activist and public affairs
lobbyist Courtney Snowden to a post in her administration.
--The liberal media can't figure out a way to report on the Kansas ban on
dismemberment abortions without calling it what it is.
--Rand Paul tells a reporter to ask Debbie Wasserman Schultz if she's OK with
killing a 7 pound baby that's not born yet and to ask her when life begins.
--A woman who cut a 7 month old baby out of another woman's womb will not be
charged with murder in the death of the child because Colorado lacks an unborn
victims law. Now a teen driver who was speeding and crashed into a pregnant
mother will not be charged in the death of the unborn child but instead will be
charged with a misdemeanor.
--Oklahoma Senate passes bill that would penalize dismemberment abortions.
--19 year old college basketball player Lauren Hill who was fighting terminal
brain cancer died early this morning.
--Iowa House began its work session yesterday with a modern pagan blessing by a
Wiccan priestess.
--Washington Governor Jay Inslee posted the Chinese flag between the American and
state flags at the capitol building in Olympia in honor of the meeting with the
Chinese ambassador.
--Smart meters being used for mandatory water restriction in California.
--Californians to be arrested for taking long showers.
--California Department of Motor Vehicles inundated with applications for driver's
licenses from illegal aliens.
--California lawmakers advance a bill that would require school children to be
vaccinated and parents would no longer be able to send unvaccinated children to
school with waivers citing personal or religious reasons.
--Social Security Administration approves disability benefits for hundreds of
Puerto Ricans because they don't speak English.
--Students are forced to go without basic supplies in Philadelphia school district
yet at the same time it's giving away hundreds of thousands of dollars of free
office space each year to the local teachers union.

Posted on April 9th, 2015

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Air Date: April 9, 2015

Host : Jim Schneider

Guest: Twila Brase

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Twila Brase is the president and co-founder of Citizens' Council for Health Freedom which exists to protect health care choices and patient privacy. She is a certified public health nurse and provides daily commentary on her 'Health Freedom Minute' broadcast. Twila has been called one of the '100 Most Powerful People in Health Care.'

The Obama administration decided that a special enrollment period for Obamacare was needed for those who may find themselves surprised when they have their taxes prepared and discover that they owe a penalty to the federal government for being uninsured. The enrollment has been opened up until April 30th. However, there haven't been very many taking advantage of this which has led Twila to believe that a lot of people are choosing to pay the penalty rather than get themselves covered under Obamacare or some other way.

Listeners must keep in mind that Obamacare is a national health care program. You have to apply to the federal government for it which means you are enrolling in what Twila describes as Medicaid for the middle class on a sliding fee scale. Any private insurance company connection has that company acting as a contractor for the government's program. In addition, the coverage is poor, it's expensive, the deductibles are high, if you get subsidies you're relying on taxpayers to cover you and the networks are narrow so you have limited options regarding where you can go.

Several years ago a law was put into place establishing the amount of pay for physicians treating Medicare patients. The law automatically trimmed pay according to the amount that healthcare expenses rise. There have been stop-gap bills created for years to stop this trim from occurring. Now they want to repeal the formula that's in place and come up with a new way to pay doctors taking care of Medicare patients. The new method is really about putting the federal government in control of the doctors.

The new proposal is called The Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (HR-2—also known as the 'Doc-Fix' bill). It has already passed the House and is sitting in the Senate. HR-2 would do number of things including: (1)--Start a new merit-based pay system for doctors based upon 'quality.' This factor would be decided not by the doctors themselves but by the government. (2)--Resource use. How many staff, dollars and pieces of equipment is the doctor using to take care of you? Your doctor would have to report this to the federal government. (3)--Does your doctor use electronic health records and is this information being reported to the federal government?

Jim and Twila also discussed negative examples of the impact of Obamacare on individuals and businesses; why the House overwhelmingly passed HR-2 when many of them campaigned heartily against Obamacare during the election; Obamacare for released prisoners; the battle in Florida over Medicaid expansion; how Obamacare can be fought; the privacy concerns surrounding a national patient tracking system and much more.

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Posted on April 8th, 2015

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Air Date: April 8, 2015

Host : Jim Schneider

Guest: Ryan Anderson

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Ryan Anderson researches and writes about marriage and religious liberty as the William E. Simon Fellow at the Heritage Foundation. He is co-author of the book, 'What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense.' It's a book that Justice Samuel Alito cited twice in his dissenting opinion in the Supreme Court case involving the Defense of Marriage Act.

The original Religious Freedom Restoration Act that Governor Pence of Indiana recently signed into law was modeled in almost identical fashion to the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act that passed unanimously in the House of Representatives and the Senate and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton. It means that if the state government was going to substantially burden the free exercise of religion, it would need to prove that it's doing so for a compelling state interest in the least restrictive possible way.

Both Hillary Clinton and Senator Schumer have tried to say that Indiana's version is different from what President Clinton signed into law. However, Ryan believes they are wrong. He noted that if you look at the way the federal law is written and has been interpreted by the courts, Indiana's law mimics what the federal law was intended to protect. Critics claim the federal law was intended to protect individual people, not corporate people. That's false because the federal law in the Federal Dictionary Act defines the word 'person' to include corporations, both for and non-profit. In fact, this understanding was verified by the Supreme Court last year in the Hobby Lobby case.

So why has there been such a national backlash by the media, national LGBT activist groups and even corporate America? Ryan believes the change in attitude over the last 22 years since the federal law has passed has to do with the confluence of big government, big business and liberal sexual values. He cited a case from last year involving abortion and contraception. Certain big business interests wanted the government to mandate that all FDA approved contraceptives, including certain drugs that cause abortion, must be covered in all health plans. The same confluence is now playing out in the same-sex marriage debate.

Ryan also described the so-called 'fix' to the Indiana bill and what the 'end-game' is for those who are creating the backlash.

After his interview with Ryan, Jim brought the following related headlines to the attention of listeners:

--Many corporations are unified in shifting lawmaker focus away from what they see as discriminatory policy to passing comprehensive, non-discrimination protections for LGBT individuals.
--A New York Times article claims Christian churches must be convinced or coerced to change their teachings on homosexuality.
--A gay activist believes churches should lose their tax exempt status if they lobby to preserve the right of religious believers not to promote homosexual behavior.
--Michigan's governor would veto religious freedom legislation if it came to his desk.
--The so-called 'fix' to Indiana's religious freedom restoration law could send Christians to jail.
--Guam rejected a gay marriage license application. The couple plans to take their case to federal court.
--Madison, Wisconsin, implements explicit legal protections for people who don't believe in God.
--Turmoil in the Republican Party over religious freedom legislation.
--Texas is afraid of what religious freedom legislation might do to their economy.

Jim also read from the Michael Swift essay from 1987 that outlines the homosexual agenda. The essay has been excused over the years as being satirical yet when you see how much of its attitude and described behavior is coming true, it appears to be quite sincere.

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Posted on April 7th, 2015

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Air Date: April 7, 2015

Host : Vic Eliason

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Today more than ever we seem to be bombarded with individuals who are intentionally attempting to get people to believe lies regarding Christianity, our Lord and Savior and His word, the Bible.

One example is Reverend John Shuck, who ministers at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Beaverton, Oregon. Reverend Shuck claims he doesn't believe in God yet defends his 'Christianity.' He also claims that the Bible is a human product and that while Jesus may have been a historical figure, most of what we know about him is legend. To Reverend Shuck, God is a symbol of myth-making and isn't credible as a supernatural being or force.

This is just one example that Vic presented of people today who, while standing in their pulpits wearing their religious garb, propose ideas that have nothing to do with the Bible.

The result? A survey of more than 4,000 adults shows that Americans are conflicted regarding Jesus, the central figure of Christianity. The survey showed that the idea that Jesus is God just doesn't register well with 'millennials' (those born between 1984 and 2002).

This edition of Crosstalk also mentioned a new Bible that replaces the name of God with that of rap star Kanye West, Vic retells the story of The Modernist Preacher Entering Hell and callers share their comments as well.

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Posted on April 6th, 2015

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Air Date: April 6, 2015

Host : Vic Eliason

Guest: Sheriff David Clark Jr.

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David Clarke Jr. is the sheriff of Milwaukee County. He began his law enforcement profession in 1978 serving first with the Milwaukee Police Department where he served 24 distinguished years. In 1999, Clarke became commanding officer of MPD's Intelligence Division which was responsible for producing and sharing intelligence and providing dignitary protection in conjunction with the Secret Service, the Department of State and other federal agencies. In 2002 he was appointed as sheriff of Milwaukee County by the sitting governor. He has been re-elected multiple times since. In May 2013 he was awarded 'Sheriff of the Year' from the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association. Also in 2013 he received a master's degree in Security Studies from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security. He has many memberships including the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and the National Sheriffs Association.

Sheriff Clarke began by noting that he sees his job and the risks involved as a calling, an opportunity and an honor. He believes it's a privilege to work for the government, it's not a right and the fact that he gets to make a difference and serve people in the town he grew up in is incredible.

Vic mentioned the Milwaukee unrest of 1967 and Sheriff Clarke noted that we're seeing some of this play out today starting with the Ferguson, Missouri, protests that extended to New York, Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He indicated that these later protests were anarchists involved in copycat efforts. They're an offshoot of the anti-capitalist 'Occupy Wall Street' movement. Their movement died out so they no longer had a cause. So when the tragic use of force incident took place in Ferguson, this same group converged on the city, exploiting the situation and the people, using it as a flashpoint to continue their socialist agenda.

When asked if there's any abuse of police using deadly force on black males as compare to white males, his answer was interesting. Sheriff Clarke responded by communicating that research and data taken from 2009 to 2012 shows that 34% of incidents of deadly force were against black males. On the other hand, 62% of such incidents were against white males.

Sheriff Clarke believes President Obama has benefited greatly by his 'divide and conquer' approach as shown by his pitting of men against women, blacks against whites, rich against the poor, along with his anti-police officer approach. In the latter case he provided proof citing President Obama's nomination of Debo Adegbile to be the Deputy Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division in the Department of Justice. This is problematic for Clarke because Adegbile took up the cause of an admitted and convicted Philadelphia cop killer who was sentenced to death.

These points and others were discussed and phone calls were taken from listeners as Vic and Sheriff Clarke took on this controversial issue dealing with law enforcement and racial issues.

Posted on April 2nd, 2015

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Air Date: April 2, 2015

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Jim Schneider hosted this news round-up program that featured the following stories:

--As many as 150 dead in Al-Shabab attack at a university in Kenya.
--Agreement to an outline is reached in nuclear talks with Iran.
--Iranian troops heading to Israel's northeast border.
--Iran placing guided warheads on Hezbollah rockets.
--Iranian journalist defects while covering nuclear talks. Accuses America's
negotiating team of working on behalf of Iran.
--Israel's Netanyahu condemns framework of nuclear talks.
--Iran declares that Israel's destruction is non-negotiable.
--Prestigious Islamic university advocates eating dead human beings such as Jews,
Christians and other non-believers if it is by necessity.
--2 women suspected of being terrorist sympathizers arrested for allegedly
plotting to detonate pressure cooker bombs in New York City.
--Black clad graduates for ISIS clutching AK-47's inspired to change the world.
--Islamic State said to be likely to attack Italy within weeks.
--Al Qaeda militants in Yemen storm the center of a coastal city freeing about
300 inmates.
--Indiana pizza parlor owned by Christians targeted by media as example of bigotry
against homosexuals. The business has now been shut down due to threats of
--U.S. District Judge rules that Obamacare allows transgenders to sue if they feel
they've been discriminated against by a health care provider.
--Editors with a Swedish language officials dictionary will be adding a new gender
neutral pronoun to the lexicon starting in April.
--Ted Cruz announces that if he's elected he will undo all of President Obama's
illegal and unconstitutional executive orders within 24 hours.
--LifeWay Christian stores in Nashville in the process of removing literature from
bookstore shelves that deal with 'heaven tourism.'
--House panel on Benghazi summons Hillary Clinton to testify before them
concerning her e-mail account.
--Abortion clinic in Maryland has a spa-like atmosphere in order to take away the
--Texas legislature set to pass the first reform to the Texas Advanced Directives
Act (HB-3074) in 12 years.

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