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First Amendment Group Appeals Military Ban on Religious Dog Tags

Recent Stories in Issues First Amendment Group Appeals Military Ban on Religious Dog Tags Supreme Court Keeps Hold on Federal Executions Judge Tosses Six Counts, But Allows Calif. to Prosecute Pro-Lifer Behind Organ Harvesting Videos Religious freedom advocates are appealing the U.S. military’s decision to prohibit the sale of religiously themed dog tags, a move the military made after receiving complaints from a secularist group. First Liberty, a religious freedom advocacy group, submitted a letter to the Army on Tuesday, asking it to lift a ban on the sale of dog tags that feature U.S. military logos alongside Bible verses. The group argued that the ban targeting dog tags sold by Shields of Strength, a “faith-based” business, violates the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, which prohibits the government from favoring or disfavoring a particular religion. “What Shields of Strength is doing is perfectly permissible under the Constitution and the law,” Michael Berry, director of military affairs at First Liberty, told the Washington Free Beacon. “It is the Army that’s in the wrong here and they’re the ones that need to take corrective action.” Shields of Strength has sold more than four million dog tags featuring trademarked U.S. military logos and Bible verses, many of them to service members. The company—which licensed logos from the Army, Marines, and Air Force—estimates that at least 9 out of 10 operational units have received the...

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Papa John’s Wife Files For Divorce Same Day He Sues Ad Agency For Leaking Racial Slur

Papa John’s Wife Files For Divorce Same Day He Sues Ad Agency For Leaking Racial Slur After 32 years of marriage, the wife of Papa John’s founder John Schnatter has filed for divorce, claiming their marriage is “irretrievably broken” and that Schnatter is “not employed.” “The marriage between petitioner and respondent is irretrievably broken,” wrote Cox’s attorney, Melanie Straw-Boone. The couple was married in 1987, just three years after Schnatter founded Papa John’s Pizza out of a modified broom closet in the back of his father’s Jeffersonville, Indiana tavern. Schnatter sold his 1971 Camaro Z28 to buy used pizza equipment – which he tracked down in 2009 and bought back for $250,000. While the pizza chain’s margins have always been razor thin, Schnatter’s real troubles began in February 2018, when he blamed the NFL kneeling demonstrations for sagging pizza sales. The NFL subsequently canceled their sponsorship agreement, awarding it instead to Pizza Hut. Then, in July of that year news outlets reported that Schnatter used the n-word during a conference call with marketing agency ‘Laundry Services,’ saying “Colonel Sanders called blacks niggers and Sanders never faced public backlash.” Shortly after the call, the agency severed ties, while Schnatter stepped down as Chairman the day the story broke – and maintains that he was trying to illustrate that he’s not racist. To that end, Schnatter filed a separate lawsuit Thursday...

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Is Russia Overtaking The US In The Realm of Strategic Bombers?

Is Russia Overtaking The US In The Realm of Strategic Bombers? Authored by South Front The Russian Armed Forces put into action an ambitious program to modernize and expand the strategic bomber fleet. In March 2018, Russia announced that it would completely overhaul its entire Tu-160 long-range strategic bomber fleet by 2030. According to Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov, the entire fleet of Tu-160 bombers will be replaced with the newer Tu-160M2 version, in addition to heavy upgrades of all operational aircraft. All on-board radio-electronic equipment and engines will be replaced. Serial production of the Tu-160M2 will begin in 2023 and the plan is for it to remain a state of the art warplane for the next 40 years. The Russian Aerospace Forces intend to purchase no less than 50 such aircraft. The first such warplane is to be delivered in 2021, with 3 more in 2023. Afterwards serial production will continue with 3 Tu-160M2s being produced per year. The Tupolev Tu-160 (NATO codename: Blackjack) is a long range, supersonic, variable geometry wing, strategic bomber -designed to penetrate sophisticated air defense systems at low altitude and supersonic speed. It is the Soviet counterpart to the US Air Force B-1B Lancer strategic bomber. Armament (typically nuclear short range and long-range cruise missiles) is carried inside two weapons bays located at the middle of the fuselage. The Tu-160M2 is a further...

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Epstein Was A Mossad Agent Used To Blackmail American Politicians, Former Israeli Spy Claims

Epstein Was A Mossad Agent Used To Blackmail American Politicians, Former Israeli Spy Claims Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit News, Jeffrey Epstein was a Mossad asset who was used by Israeli intelligence to blackmail American politicians, according to a former Israeli spy. Ari Ben-Menashe, a former Israeli spy and alleged “handler” of Robert Maxwell, told the authors of a new book, Epstein: Dead Men Tell No Tales, that Epstein ran a “complex intelligence operation” at the behest of Mossad. Believing that Epstein planned to marry his daughter, Maxwell introduced him and Ghislaine Maxwell to Ben-Menashe’s Mossad circle. “Maxwell sort of started liking him, and my theory is that Maxwell felt that this guy is going for his daughter,” Ben-Menashe said. “He felt that he could bless him with some work and help him out in like a paternal [way].” Israeli intelligence bosses gave the green light and Epstein then became a Mossad asset. “They were agents of the Israeli Intelligence Services,” said Ben-Menashe. When it became clear that Epstein wasn’t very competent at doing much else, his primary role became “blackmailing American and other political figures.” “Mr. Epstein was the simple idiot who was going around providing girls to all kinds of politicians in the United States,” said Ben-Menashe. “See, fucking around is not a crime. It could be embarrassing, but it’s not a crime. But fucking a...

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How The Dems & The Fed Ensured Trump’s Re-Election

How The Dems & The Fed Ensured Trump’s Re-Election Authored by Chris Hamilton via Econimica blog, The story I’m not hearing… July 31…Debt Ceiling Deal – July 31st of this year, Senate Democrats carried President Trump’s budget deal eliminating the debt ceiling through July 31st of 2021.  This after a majority of Trump’s House Republicans voted against the budget deal but House Democrats overwhelmingly passed it.  And thus the debt ceiling was no more.  Since July 31st, the Treasury has issued over $1 trillion in net new debt but that is just the start. July 31…Federal Reserve begins series of interest rate cuts – On July 31st, the Federal Reserve begins cutting rates and has cut rates from 2.4% to 1.55% or a 35% reduction on the cost of overnight intra-bank lending, the foundation of credit. August 21.. Federal Reserve restarts QE –  Since August, the Fed ceased quantitative tightening (QT) and restarted quantitative easing (QE).  The Federal Reserve balance sheet has expanded by over $300 billion in short order, with an $180 billion increase in Treasuries held. Excess Reserves Not Restarted – With all the new QE, hardly any of it has been added to bank excess reserves…just a paltry $16 billion out of the $306 billion in new currency digitally conjured. Direct Monetization – That is $290 billion in new dollars directly in banks hands…and banks do what banks do, which is leverage those dollars...

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