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Easter and the American Tradition of Revival—It Can Happen Again!
 By Kelly OConnell

On Easter, the God of spiritual redemption and revival is celebrated. Coincidentally, no single factor has been more influential in the conception and formation of America, than Christian revivals in US history. The first colonial Americans were religious dissenters and reformers.

Hosanna in the Highest!
 By A.J. Cameron

In the hustle and bustle of a chaotic world, it is easy to compartmentalize the various aspects of our lives.  We have family, work or school and leisure activities during our waking hours, and we can tend to place God in a box, of sorts, so that we can pursue our earthly endeavors.

The Shroud of Turin—the Fabric of Our Faith
 By William Kevin Stoos

From the book The Woodcarver and Other Stories of Faith and Inspiration

“Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails and put my finger into the print of the nails and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.” —John 20:25

An Easter Message from Israel
 By Ari Bussel

Dear Friends,

While we, the Saturday People, celebrate Passover, you, the Sunday People, are celebrating Easter.  At sunset, as Easter Sunday ends, the last day of our Passover holiday this year begins.

The Obama press conference — a smug, shameful liar on display
 By Greg Halvorson

Did you see the latest Obama presser?  If so, I’m sorry, because you watched a man who’s made lying an art, his life’s work and legacy, elevating the heretofore shameful practice of degeneracy to levels that could make a polygraph smoke.

The Drug Cartels Long March on El Salvador
 By Sierra Rayne

More than two decades after the civil war in El Salvador ended, the nation remains fractured—a situation being worsened by increasing drug cartel presence and influence. In its recent presidential election, Salvador Sanchez Ceren of the governing left-wing Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) barely defeated Norman Quijano of the right-wing National Republican Alliance (Arena). With more than three million votes cast, the margin of Ceren’s victory was only 6,364 votes, or 51.1 to 49.9 percent.

What Really Happened at the Bay of Pigs
 By Humberto Fontova

(You always hear and read of a “fiasco,” a “defeat” a “disaster” at the Bay of Pigs, 53 years ago this week. But you rarely hear about the cause. Here it is.)

Lessons Learned and Lessons Missed from the Attempted Land Grab
 By Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh

The recent standoff at the Bundy ranch in Nevada has taught us many lessons, but the most important one was missed.

Recent CFP Columns
Latest News on the Bundy/BLM Standoff
 By News on the Net   --American Freedom

Harry Reid Calls Cliven Bundy Supporters “Domestic Terrorists”

Nevada Sens. Harry Reid and Dean Heller don’t agree on everything. But the Democrat and Republican did agree to sit together for a rare live TV interview Friday on KSNV-TV.

Try to Ignore Earth Day
 By Alan Caruba   --Global Warming-Energy-Environment

Try to ignore Earth Day, April 22. It won’t be easy. The print and broadcast media will engage in an orgy of environmental tall tales and the usual end-of-the-world predictions.

“WE BELIEVE,” or Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey, Lemon, Garlic, and Ginger:
 By Doug and Lucky   --American Life, History, Education --Popular Reads

Mornin guys! Hope everyone is doin just fine!

Been very busy around the place here, and have just gotten a new business up and runnin. Well, maybe up and crawlin is more appropriate.

Census manipulation: White House changes questions to hide ObamaCare truth
 By Herman Cain   --American Healthcare

Remember when the Obama Administration fudged the unemployment rate, using an inexplicable one-time anomaly, to get the unemployment rate under 8 percent just in time for the 2012 election?

Would We the People Ratify the Constitution Today?
 By Dr. Robert R. Owens   --American Freedom

We the People are the opening words of the preamble to the Constitution.  Many patriots glory in that name, “We the People” holding it aloft as a banner against the encroachments of an ever expanding central government.  In the minds of many it is connected somehow to Lincoln’s famous description of America’s government, “Of the People, by the people and for the people.”

Alabama Supreme Court Opinion Rules that “Child” Includes “Unborn Child”
 By Liberty Counsel   --American Freedom

Montgomery, AL – Today, in an 8-1 decision authored by Justice Tom Parker, the Alabama Supreme Court held that the word “child” in Alabama’s chemical-endangerment statute applies to the born and unborn in Ex parte Sarah Janie Hicks. This decision follows a similar one handed down last year by the Alabama Supreme Court in Ankrom v. State, where Alabama’s highest court also ruled that the word “child” includes the “unborn child.” In that case, Liberty Counsel’s amicus brief arguing that the protection of the unborn is in keeping with the protections afforded the born in various areas of the law.

ABC News: Chelsea Clinton having ‘America’s version of the royal baby’
 By Dan Calabrese   --Media - Media Bias

You already know that the MSM long ago gave up on covering the substance of governing, preferring instead to obsess over the horse race aspect of politics, and more importantly, the personalities. Did you always sort of suspect they’d like nothing better than to have American royalty to slobber over like their British counterparts?

North Korea’s Nuclear Fallout
 By Claudia Rosett   --World News

For a rogue state under international sanctions, what is the penalty for threatening to carry out an illicit nuclear test? As North Korea is demonstrating, and Iran is no doubt closely observing, there is no serious cost.

Europe May Replace Russian Gas With US Coal
 By Guest Column   --Global Warming-Energy-Environment

U.S. coal exports have been booming in recent years due to rising demand around the world. In fact, some European countries are already using U.S. coal to displace costly Russian gas. “Some European countries are using U.S. coal to help displace Russian natural gas and neutralize Russia’s energy influence,” Republican Kentucky Rep. Ed Whitfield said. “Coal exports are already having an impact on geopolitics and are helping to create American jobs and reduce our trade deficit. We can build on this success by increasing natural gas exports as well.”—Michael Bastasch, The Daily Caller News, 17 April 2014

Hiding ObamaCare Data with the Census Bureau
 By Arnold Ahlert   --American Healthcare

In 2009, within the first few weeks of taking office President Obama, moved control of the Census Bureau from the office of the Commerce Secretary to the White House ahead of the 2010 Census.

The Putrid Pulitzers that Please Putin
 By Cliff Kincaid   --Media - Media Bias

If anything proved beyond doubt that the Pulitzer Prizes are a self-congratulatory display whereby the media pat each other on the back and share in the congratulations, it was the coverage of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize announcements. There was nothing from inside the Columbia University journalism building where Pulitzer Prize administrator Sig Gissler tried to justify the honors, known as Gold Medals, for the anti-NSA stories based on the espionage activities of Edward Snowden. My give-and-take with Gissler is the main topic of this column. I saw this process from the inside and am reporting on it here, for the first time. It was a sad and disgraceful day for the journalism profession.

These prizes are usually called “prestigious,” but few people know that they involve a process whereby some people in the media nominate other media for awards, to be decided upon by still other media. It’s a racket.

Jay Carney: Jon Stewart was Obama’s toughest interviewer. News media, you’ve failed.
 By Robert Laurie   --Media - Media Bias

This clip contains what might be the single greatest indictment of the mainstream and cable news media I’ve ever seen.  ...and it comes from Jay Carney.

Are Climate Change Mitigation Policies a Form of Insurance?
 By Institute for Energy Research   --Global Warming-Energy-Environment

In a previous post, I walked through one of the take-away messages from the latest IPCC report: Using middle-of-the-pack projections, the likely damages from climate change are actually less than what reputable studies estimate as the costs of government action to curb carbon dioxide emissions, such as a carbon tax or cap-and-trade scheme. In other words, even stipulating the entire IPCC framework and numbers, one can make a strong case that “on average” the various proposals to tax and regulate emissions would be a cure worse than the disease: They would cost more in terms of forfeited economic growth than they would save in terms of reduced climate change damages. Far from being a slam-dunk case as it is often portrayed in the media, aggressive government action to slow emissions does not pass a standard cost/benefit test.

EGYPT: Christian Woman Brutally Attacked and Killed
 By News on the Net   --Christianity - Religion

Source: VOM USA

Mary Sameh George, a 25-year-old Christian who lived with her parents and sister in Cairo, was brutally attacked and killed on March 28th by pro-Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators.

Christianity in Troubled Times
 By Alan Caruba   --Christianity - Religion

The vast ignorance of American history by far too many Americans is perhaps demonstrated in the failure to understand that it was the free practice of their interpretation of Christianity by the pilgrims that led to the creation of America. Plymouth colony, established in 1620, put the Atlantic Ocean between them and hostilities they had encountered in England.

Northwestern study: Even occasional pot smokers damage their brains
 By Dan Calabrese   --American Life, History, Education

It will come as a surprise to those who think nothing has come along to illustrate the dangers of marijuana since “Reefer Madness,” but a new study from Northwestern University throws a pretty big wrench in the machinery of the marijuana legalization movement.

NATO irreplaceable, but must quickly shore up its military might
 By Guest Column   --World News

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It wasn’t that many weeks ago in both Europe and in the United States that meetings were being held to discuss what the agenda might be for the upcoming NATO summit in early September in Wales.

Michael Bloomberg announces he’ll spend $50 million to target the 2nd Amendment
 By Robert Laurie   --Gun Control - Second Amendment

Former New York City Mayor and radical left-wing bigwig, Michael Bloomberg, has a real problem with the 2nd Amendment. His long history of anti-gun activity is well established and his organization, Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), has been at the forefront of the fight to eliminate your right to own a firearm.

Russia Calls UN Human Rights Report on Ukraine Biased While Continuing its Aggression
 By Joseph A. Klein   --World News

Russian President Vladimir Putin shamelessly told United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during a recent phone call that he expected “clear condemnation” of what he characterized as the “anti-constitutional” operation by the Ukrainian central government in Kiev to push back against the armed thugs whom have illegally occupied government buildings in eastern Ukraine.

Farage: The whole European project is based on a dangerous falsehood
 By News on the Net   --World News

As If Israel Did Not Have Enough to Worry About
 By Ron Lipsman   --World News

The tiny nation of Israel is beset by many challenges, some of them unique in kind among the countries of the world. The challenges are well-known to interested parties and a brief summary of the main ones will be assembled below. But here I wish to focus primarily on a crisis that apparently concerns only the Jewish population of the United States, but which, in fact, poses a severe challenge for Israel as well—a challenge that might be nearly as dangerous as any of the well-known ones to be described.

Republicans Wimping-Out On Repeal Of ObamaCare?
 By J.D. Longstreet   --American Healthcare

Allow me to be as clear as possible right here at the beginning of this commentary.  I don’t like ObamaCare at all, not in the slightest, in any way—shape or form.  Period!  Got it?

Holy Pascha visits to Jerusalem cause Copts to lose Holy Sacrament
 By Dr. Ashraf Ramelah   --Christianity - Religion

While Jews around the world celebrate Passover, Christians from Egypt visit the Holy Land for their week of Holy Pascha (the Passion of Christ). For this pilgrimage, Egyptian Christians (Orthodox, Catholic and Evangelic) leave Cairo by the thousands on daily flights to Jerusalem.

The tragedy of Venezuela
 By Dan Calabrese   --World News

Barack Obama and the Democratic Party insist they are not really socialists, because in socialist countries the government controls all the means of production. My rejoinder to that would be that U.S. Democrats have a goal at all times of controlling as much of the economy as they can - definitely including the means of production (what do you think “climate change” is really all about?) - and if you want to examine what the result would be if all their policy goals were realized, I present to you, the wonderful but tragically troubled country of Venezuela.

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