Posted on January 13th, 2015

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Air Date: January 13, 2015

Host: Jim Schneider

Guest: Jim Kouri

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Police have been placed on a heightened state of alert after the murders of Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos in New York City. Along with these killings, America has seen a string of startling accounts including the following:

--2 Boston officers kicked, punched and choked by 6 teenagers while they were making an arrest.

--On December 28th, Fox News reported that a Los Angeles police department patrol car was fired on in an unprovoked attack that also put police officers around that city on tactical alert.

--On New Years Day 2 West Virginia police officers were injured in a shootout after a traffic stop involving a stolen SUV and a truck with 2 dead bodies inside.
CNSNews.com reported that the officers were conducting the stop when the driver of the truck shot at them with a handgun wounding both officers.

--Fox News ran a year-end story reporting that gun deaths of officers jumped 56% n 2014 and included 15 ambush assaults. Overall, officers killed in the line of duty in 2014 saw a 24% jump from the previous year.

Are we headed toward mob rule and anarchy? What about those men and women who place their lives on the line everyday to maintain the safety of the public? Joining Jim to look into these questions was Jim Kouri. Kouri writes the Law Enforcement Examiner. He is the 5th Vice President and Public Information Officer of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and has served on the National Drug Task Force. He has trained police and security officers around the country.

Kouri began by reflecting on the killing of officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos calling it one of the most tragic shootings in the history of New York City. He took exception to some of the coverage based upon what he feels was political correctness. He indicated that Ismaaiyl Brinsley was a black male who traveled from Baltimore to New York specifically to kill law enforcement officers. In addition, he was Muslim born and raised. He had a Facebook page where instead of his last name he had the name 'Mohammed'. It also showed that he was very extreme regarding his Islamic ideology and his desire to wage jihad against the United States.

Kouri sees a connection between Islam and the uprisings around the nation. It's shown in the contrast between certain factors in place before Bill de Blasio became mayor and after. Before his tenure a program was put in place after 9-11 where the NYPD monitored certain individuals and mosques. There was a special investigative unit, certain individuals were kept under surveillance and complaints were noted from citizens regarding possible suspected terror related activities. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and other Islamic groups put pressure on Mayor de Blasio and the city did away with the entire program.

Kouri continued by presenting his view on racial profiling, how he feels about officers literally turning their backs on Mayor de Blasio, his perspective on illegal aliens who are jumping on the anti-police bandwagon and more.


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Posted on January 12th, 2015

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Air Date: January 12, 2015

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In September of 2013, the Oregon bake shop known as 'Sweet Cakes by Melissa' was closed after the owner refused to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding. She has faced having to pay a $150,000 fine for violating Oregon's anti-discrimination law.

Last week a judge ruled that the state of Washington has the authority to bring a consumer protection lawsuit against a florist who refused to provide flowers for a homosexual wedding. The shop could be held liable for violating the Consumer Protection Act. The business owner is being sued and the state attorney general is asking for a permanent injunction against the owner and her shop to comply with the law.

These are just two examples of growing persecution, attacks on free speech and bigotry against people who were merely trying to run their businesses or execute their employment while following the tenets of their Christian faith.

This edition of Crosstalk focuses primarily on the details surrounding the removal of Atlanta Fire Chief Kevin Cochran. Cochran was terminated from his duties following a city investigation. The complaint by Mayor Kasim Reed deals with a pro-family book that Cochran authored for his men's Bible study that upholds the biblical view of sexuality and contradicts the homosexual agenda.

Cochran received a one month suspension without pay in November and then it was announced that he would be fired. Before losing his job, Cochran was required to complete sensitivity training and was prevented from distributing copies of his book on city property.


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Posted on January 9th, 2015

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Air Date: January 9, 2015

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Vic took his turn at the Crosstalk microphone to present various news items focusing on the topic of Islam. Some of the stories and points brought up for discussion included:

--French police take out Islamists responsible for Wednesday's terrorist attack against a satirical publication.

--Governments are becoming timid when faced with the strong demands of Islam.

--France, Europe's nation with the largest Muslim population, has Muslims that speak openly about one day ruling the country and pushing aside Western legal systems for Sharia law.

--According to Usama Dakdok, a Muslim mosque is an embassy; a seat for Islamic government. Therefore when a building becomes a mosque you'll never find it purposely being used for anything else.

--Public school students forced to learn a Muslim prayer in Boston.

--Boston Police Department's first Muslim has been promoted to captain.

--School girls forced to wear head scarfs and their ankles must be covered in a common-core based, world religions field trip to a Denver Islamic mosque.

--Dutch police pay Sharia patrols to help control The Hague during New Years Eve celebrations.

--At an Ohio airport, a Muslim man tried to buy a ticket with a fake I.D. and when questioned, he lunged at an officer with a knife and was killed.

--Islamic terrorists enter Israel for medical treatment but don't come out of Israel.

--Atlanta fire chief fired for his Christian faith.


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Posted on January 8th, 2015

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Air Date: January 8, 2015

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Vic began this edition of Crosstalk by presenting listeners with details regarding chemotherapy and his own experiences with it. He described it as a poison that destroys fast growing cells such as cancer. The problem is that this also destroys cells that are good for the human body such as blood cells. Side effects include but are not limited to the numbing of toes and finger tips along with the loss of hair.

With that background in place, Vic went on to present details from Fox News regarding a 17 year old named Casandra who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in September of last year. The recommended treatment for her disease includes chemotherapy but she decided she didn't want to undergo that process and her mother supported her in the decision.

Last November a trial court granted a petition of the Department of Children and Families for an order to have temporary custody of Casandra and direct her mother to provide and cooperate with medical care under DCF's supervision as recommended by attending doctors.

Casandra and her mother began complying with the order as Casandra received her first two treatments in November. Then she ran away from home to avoid further treatments.

Upon returning she refused treatment. At a hearing where Casandra's doctors testified, the trial court ordered that she be removed from her parents home and remain under DCF custody and also authorized the DCF to make all necessary medical decisions for her.

In an appeal, Casandra and her mother claimed that unless it can be found that they are incompetent, the trial court violated their constitutional rights in allowing the DCF to substitute its judgment for theirs and permitting DCF to force Casandra to receive medical treatment against her will.

They also noted that the state should recognize the mature minor doctrine. This requires that before the court can force a 17 year old to receive medical treatment against their will, it must first determine that the minor isn't sufficiently mature to be legally allowed to make their own medical decisions.

The Connecticut Supreme Court upheld a prior ruling that Casandra cannot refuse chemo treatments. The state argued that Casandra lacked competency which extended to maturity and that they did not believe she understood the severity of her situation.

Should the court be allowed to override the decision of a 17 year old girl who is about to turn 18, especially over the authority of her parents? Many listeners stepped up to participate in this critical Crosstalk discussion.

Posted on January 7th, 2015

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Air Date: January 7, 2015

Host: Vic Eliason

Guest: Genevieve Wood

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Genevieve Wood is the senior contributor to the Daily Signal and the leading voice and senior contributor to The Foundry of the Heritage Foundation looking at key policy solutions for the most critical issues of America.

Yesterday, the new Congress reappointed John Boehner as the Speaker of the House. He obtained 216 votes. If you're thinking that when you divide 435 House members by 2 you don't get 216. That's a good observation but as Genevieve noted, he only needed a majority of the votes that were cast. So of the 408 votes that were cast, he received 216.

Interestingly, 24 members of his own party voted for someone else and 'present' was voted by one other member. About 29 would have been needed to force the vote to a second ballot. Forcing a second ballot could have caused Republican leadership to say that they'd agree to the demands of some congressional conservatives in return for the necessary votes to reappoint Boehner.

This particular vote should not be overlooked because as Genevieve pointed out, Boehner had more people from his own party choosing not to vote for him than any current speaker running for reelection in over 100 years.

Could it be that conservatives in Congress know or at least sense that John Boehner (and Mitch McConnell in the Senate) aren't ready or willing to fight hard for the issues that swept Republicans in during the last election? After all, it doesn't appear that Republicans made the gains they did because the public wants Boehner to simply tinker with Obamacare or drag his feet on the issue of executive amnesty.

In response, Boehner is said to be retaliating against conservatives by removing some who didn't vote for him from key committees. Vic had Genevieve comment on that issue along with getting her perspective on Representative Steve King (who said he couldn't honor his oath to support the Constitution and vote for Mr. Boehner), the power of the House to shut down Obamacare, the initiatives she feels the House and the Senate will be taking up early in this term and more.


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Posted on January 6th, 2015

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Air Date: January 6, 2015

Host: Jim Schneider

Guest: Trent England

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Trent England serves as Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs and directs the Center for the Constitution & Freedom. Trent is National Coordinator for Liberty Foundation of America and an adjunct fellow of the Freedom Foundation and has directed the foundation's 'Save Our States' project. He is a contributor to two books,'The Heritage Guide to the Constitution' and 'One Nation Under Arrest: How Crazy Laws, Rogue Prosecutors and Activist Judges Threaten Your Liberty.'

How does the electoral college system work? As Trent described it, near the beginning of Article 2 Section 1 of the Constitution it tells us how the president is to be elected. It's to be state-by-state. The political power is distributed exactly the same as it is in Congress. The smallest states get 3 electoral votes based upon their two members of the U.S. Senate and their single member of the House. On the other end of the scale you have a large state like New York that has 2 Senators and 27 House members for a total of 29 electoral votes. Each state is then given the power to decide how to represent itself with those votes and according to Trent, this is what the popular vote/electoral college controversy is all about.

The state holds an election between the candidates for president and whoever gets the most votes in that state gets all the electoral votes from that state. Thomas Jefferson came up with that idea because it maximized the political impact of Virginia in his day.

There are two exceptions. In Nebraska and Maine they break up their electoral votes. They do the same with two of their electoral votes but they apportion out the electoral votes that represent each congressional district. This means that in 2012, President Obama won a single electoral vote from Nebraska.

The main point to remember is that under the electoral college system, each state gets to represent itself. Trent believes that the national popular vote is an attempt to trick states into giving away their electoral votes based upon the nationwide outcome.

Would a national popular vote affect the Constitution? Does the concept of a national popular vote bring more power to the people in terms of the democratic strength of their votes as we might be led to believe or is it actually just the opposite? Who are the movers and shakers in the national popular vote movement? These are just a few questions that are answered on this vital edition of Crosstalk.


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