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It's your right to avoid NC. Baby, you were born to run.

It’s your right to avoid NC. Baby, you were born to run.

Listener Brandon Klenzendorf asked me in the “Consider This!” Facebook group if the North Carolina so-called “bathroom law” was a similar situation to Georgia, and from the looks of it, and the reaction to it, yup, it’s pretty much the same thing. The only difference is that North Carolina got the law passed. And of course, there are those using their right to choose how to run their business to protest the idea that N. Carolina business should be allowed to … choose how to run their businesses.

Do the rich pay their fair share of taxes? Since we’ve passed April 15th — the day that Americans settle up with the Federal government for their 2015 taxes — now’s a good time to find out who pays what. How much do the top 1% really pay of our federal tax revenues?

The 2016 Podcast Awards are taking nominations, so here’s what you can do. Go to PodcastAwards.com and put this show in the News & Politics category. The show name is Consider This, of course, and the URL is considerthis.ctpodcasting.com. You can only submit the nomination form once, so if you have other shows you’d like to nominate, fill them in as well before submitting it. Nominations close Saturday, April 30th at midnight, so do it this week.

Mentioned links:

The True ‘Trauma Trigger’ That the North Carolina Bathroom Bill Is Designed to Prevent

Petition: Springsteen Cancelling Concert is Like Bakers Refusing to Make Gay Wedding Cakes

Michael Moore’s NC boycott hypocrisy DESTROYED with a single tweet

No, Gays and ‘Transgenders’ Are Not Being Bullied. They Are The Bullies.

Americans Earning Six Figures or More Pay Nearly 80% of Individual Income Taxes

45% of Americans pay no federal income tax

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The Blame Game is on tap

The Blame Game is on tap

When the problem with the Flint, Michigan drinking water was discovered, the blame game got started. It is fair to just blame on person for all of this, or are there others who need to be held accountable? And isn’t it interesting that political party seems to play a role in deciding who to blame?

Caitlyn Jenner is getting a lot of “flak” for coming out, but coming out as what and getting flak from whom might surprise you. I come to Jenner’s defense in this episode.

Mentioned links:

Flint Is Not a Republican Scandal

List of mayors of Flint, Michigan

Darnell Earley

Flint City Council Members

Flint, Michigan City, Elects 2 Felons To City Council, Including A Convicted Murderer

Caitlyn Jenner: I get more ‘flak’ for being a Republican than being a transgender woman

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youwill_300x300Drivers for the car-for-hire service Uber may not be so happy with the company. But the good news is that the free market, unencumbered by most government regulation, gives them both job mobility and income mobility. Why would some people want to stifle this?

Religious liberty is being eroded in this country, and if that goes, how much of the rest of the Bill of Rights is really secure? Talk show host Erick Erickson makes the case in his new book, “You Will Be Made to Care”. If you pre-order before February 22nd, you will get access to many other books, as well as interviews with people on the topic of religious freedom. This time, I except an interview of Christian author and apologist Ravi Zacharias. Bill Blankshaen asks Ravi about a rather large contradiction in how the Left deals with sexual orientation and gender. Are you born this way, or not?

Mentioned links:

Book website for “You Will Be Made to Care”

Uber drivers say that driving for Uber kind of sucks

Why taxi medallions cost $1 million

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youwill_300x300There’s a woman in Norway who insists she’s a cat trapped in a woman’s body. She purrs, meows, hisses at dogs, and insists that she has better hearing than humans. But though she makes those claims, and has the cat ears and tail she wears, is she silly or serious? But here’s the rub; if Caitlyn Jenner is a woman, why isn’t this woman a cat?

Religious liberty is being eroded in this country, and if that goes, how much of the rest of the Bill of Rights is really secure? Talk show host Erick Erickson makes the case in his new book, “You Will Be Made to Care”. If you pre-order, you will get access to many other books, as well as interviews with people who have felt that erosion of religious liberty personally. In this episode, I excerpt one of those interviews with former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran. He had the audacity to publish a book that included his Christian beliefs, and for doing so, he was fired. The full 30-minute interview can be heard if you pre-order the book, which comes out February 22nd.

Mentioned links:

Book website for “You Will Be Made to Care”

Norwegian woman believes she is a cat trapped in a human’s body

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Tyshawn Lee. Does his life matter?

Tyshawn Lee. Does his life matter?

President Obama supports an update to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that would suddenly turn many churches into something similar to racist hate groups. Is this a good  idea?

And if you haven’t heard of Tyshawn Lee, I think you should. You can’t be blamed if you just watched the usual media sources. The story of this 9-year-old victim of another Chicago shooting made the news, but then just as quickly vanished. Where are the protests? Oh, that’s not me asking, that’s a black columnist, who has  a few other questions.

Mentioned links:

Obama: Traditional Christians = Racists

Obama supports altering Civil Rights Act to ban LGBT discrimination

Black Lives Matter In The Streets Of Chicago, Too…Or Do They?

Young Mom Shot in Home Invasion Fires Back, Protects Baby

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Not that states actually matters much...

Not that states actually matter much…

In June of 2013, the Supreme Court’s liberals declared that the Defense of Marriage Act, which was passed by Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton, was unconstitutional, because, as they said, the power of the individual state in defining marriage is “of central relevance”, and the decision to grant same-sex couples the right to marry is “of immense import.” Basically, it’s the state, and not the federal government, which should determine what marriage is and license accordingly.

Two years to the day later, those same liberals overrode those immensely important marriage laws in 14 states and proclaimed same-sex marriage from the federal bench.

If you celebrate these rulings, and if you’ve ever been a proponent of power to the people, or you’ve ever put forth the idea that every vote should count, you either have not been paying attention, or have no idea at all what those phrases even mean.

Mentioned links:

Supreme Court DOMA Decision Rules Federal Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

HIGH COURT FINDS GAY COUPLES HAVE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TO MARRY

The Supremes Decide

“The substance of today’s decree is not of immense personal importance to me,” says Justice Scalia…

It’s Time to Legalize Polygamy, Why group marriage is the next horizon of social liberalism.

Now’s the Time To End Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions

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Three years old!

Three years old!

This is the Consider This podcast, which recently passed its third anniversary, bringing you conservative commentary, and your feedback, in 10-minute-or-less chunks, since June 14th of 2012. I’ve left the terrible twos and am entering the thrilling threes! And just like the 1st and 2nd anniversaries, the time limit might just take a holiday for this episode.

I’ve got kind of a general topic for this anniversary. I’m going to explain, not why I’m conservative, but why I’m not a liberal. The launching point for this will be what seems to me the Liberal Utopia society would be, and why it doesn’t really work or why I believe that some features are really problems.

Mentioned links:

List of countries by energy consumption per capita

Consumption by the United States

The top 1% and what they pay

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Is he a she now?

Born this way?

Let’s begin enumerating what I don’t know about this. I don’t know at all what he’s going through, and I don’t want to pretend that I do. I acknowledge that my comments in this episode will come from a position of ignorance on that point.

I also don’t know for sure, speaking as a Christian, whether or not what he’s done is a sin. I suppose that there could be something that could be found that could be said to speak to this situation, but frankly I don’t think that determination is very helpful at this point in time. It will be something that should be considered (because of all questions this bring up, that is the eternal one), but for now I have no plans to address that here.

In fact, I don’t plan on addressing Bruce Jenner at all in this episode, other than to say that God loves you, and for whatever it’s worth, I love you and respect you, too. What I want to tackle in this episode is society’s reaction to transgenderism in general, using Jenner’s example as a launching point.

Mentioned links:

Body dysmorphic disorder [Wikipedia]

Body Dysmorphia [The Free Dictionary]

Bruce Jenner: “Call me Caitlyn” Dear Bruce: “I Can’t”

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Spending on nothing?

Spending on nothing?

In this episode, I talk about how the money spent on (literally) nothing will soon outpace defense spending, and not much later, non-defense spending as well. And no, it’s not some right-wing think tank making that prediction.

Also, is it possible to have a moral disagreement with someone, and yet not hate them? The Left seems to think that impossible, and Dana Bash questioned Mike Huckabee about it specifically. He schools her in the art of disagreeing without being disagreeable.

(OK, normally I don’t like it when someone says, “Hey, X really schooled Y!” when all X did is say something the speaker agrees with. Usually there’s not actual educating going on. But this time, there certainly is.)

Mentioned links:

The Legacy of Debt: Interest Costs Poised to Surpass Defense and Nondefense Discretionary Spending

CNN Confused: How Can Huckabee Oppose Gay Marriage AND Have Gay Friends?

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The Pope is still Catholic

The Pope is still Catholic

If you think it sounds like this episode is going to delve more into religion that it has up until this point, you have a discerning ear. But when I started this podcast, I promised you a take on these issues that you might not have heard elsewhere. So, depending on the circles you run in, this could very well fit the bill; a Protestant defending Catholic doctrine using Jewish texts.

I posted an article to my social media audience from CNS News headlined, “No Unambiguity: Homosexual Acts Sinful and Disordered”. It’s an opinion piece that explains the Catholic Church’s position on homosexuality. I received a comment on the Google+ posting of it, with common misunderstandings that I thought I’d cover in the podcast. But 10 minutes or less is only enough to point you in the right direction, and so the links in the show notes will be very helpful.

Mentioned links:

No Unambiguity: Homosexual Acts Sinful and Disordered

Google+ conversation with Christopher Li-Reid

Bible Verses About Homosexuality

THE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO INTERPRETING OLD TESTAMENT LAW

Does the Old Testament condone slavery?

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